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Concord to keep running school bus service

Concord’s school bus service will continue to be run by the town for at least the next year.

The School Committee voted last week to lease a facility in Billerica for the next school year and then come up with a permanent plan for the future, said Peter Fischelis, the chairman of the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Committee.

The existing transportation maintenance and storage facility is located on the grounds of the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School but must be torn down this summer to make way for the new high school.

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The transportation department provides busing for all Concord students and Carlisle high school students.

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The School Department considered outsourcing the busing to a private contractor as a way to save money, but the plan was denounced by parents and community members.

Fischelis said the department received three bids for outsourcing, but the cost savings were unclear so the committee opted to lease a facility next year and look into building a new one in the future.

He said it would cost about $1.2 million.

Fischelis said the committee also voted to establish an advisory committee to study the transportation options. He said the exact charge will be set at an upcoming meeting.

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