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Posted: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 9:07 AM HST

Board to hear report on bus program

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The state Board of Education plans to meet to hear the findings of a report calling for an overhaul of Hawaii's student transportation program.

The board will meet Tuesday in Honolulu.

Management Partnership Services was hired to review the state busing system amid concerns about rising costs. The consultant says the system needs substantive changes.

It cites problems with procurement rules and contracting, noting the cost of school bus contracts has risen sharply since 2006, and poor training of the state staff overseeing the $60-million-a-year program. The report says a multi-year commitment to change will be necessary.

The Department of Education will have to determine what changes it believes can be implemented, and the board will have to sign off on those. Legislative approval would be needed for procurement changes.

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