The County School Board on Thursday is set to give final approval to a change in school bus service providers, though First Student is 8.5 percent higher than the current provider, Durham School Services.
The First Student charge will be $11,059,593.
Durham was at $10,152,674.
Durham, which was in charge when there was a tragic bus accident in which six Woodmore Elementary students were killed, has begun packing up to leave.
First Student will pay bus aides at a higher rate - $17.09 instead of Durham's $16.17.
On cost of bus per day, Durham was at $349.61, while First Student is at $380.84.
Both vendors included annual three percent cost of living raises through 2023.