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The Dallastown Area School Board Thursday night approved a new bus carrier for the upcoming school year.

Reliance, a Dallastown-based company, was one of the many carriers that had submitted proposals to the district and was selected after the administration fine-tuned the proposal to best fit their needs. 

The board unanimously approved a seven-year contract for Reliance Student Transportation, LLC to cover all of the Dallastown's transportation needs. They will begin services for the district in July — once the district's contract with Durham School Services is through — and the contract will be up at the end of the 2023 school year, with the option for an extension.

"Any decision that involves the transportation and safety of our students is obviously an important one," said Dallastown Superintendent Ron Dyer. That's why the district opted for Reliance, which brings with it a new fleet of buses, he said.

The district also considered each company's ability to provide the needed services, said Dallastown's head of human resources, Troy Fisher.

"We looked for a reliability and integrity for our students," he said.

York Township resident Jim Clark praised the board for changing services. In May, Clark presented a report to the board outlining what he felt were the former transportation provider's shortcomings.

"I'm very happy the board and administration reviewed their situation and took the time to entertain new carriers," he said.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.

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