There's a bit of a turf war brewing between the DC Board of Education and a court appointed transportation administrator over how DCPS deals with special education transportation. Currently DC leases 375 busses from Laidlaw at around $8 million a year. The cost to purchase these busses outright stands at $9.1 million, with a projected maintenance cost of just under $2 million a year. David Gilmore, appointed by the court to oversee transportation issues in 2003, wants DCPS to stop leasing and buy the fleet, but the Board of Education is balking; they would prefer that such a purchase go through a formal bid process in order to achieve the lowest price possible.
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