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Improving the student experience

Garvey School District reduces special education costs while improving the student experience

Garvey School District reduces special education costs while improving the student experience

Success Story
Garvey School District
location
Los Angeles, CA
school
Grades Pre-K to 8
profile
5,000+ students

Results

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Expense reduction of 30%
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Shorter student commute times
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Better student transport experience
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Improved safety through small vehicle use
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Easier and safer hand-off of students

Garvey School District in Los Angeles, CA serves over 5,000 students in Pre-K to Grade 8. The student population is rich in diversity, with many students coming from the Asian and Latino communities.

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Garvey School District attracts students from across Los Angeles to its special education programs. However, using traditional yellow school buses for its special education population was costly and inefficient and lengthy travel times resulted in these students arriving distracted and unprepared to learn.

Using Zum’s approach of right-sized vehicles, the district was able to use smaller vehicles to get special education students to class sooner. “Some children were spending between an hour and an hour-and-a-half on the bus, twice a day,” says Director of Special Education, Alma Ulloa. “Now the same students arrive in as little as 15 minutes. They can sleep in and arrive rested.”

Zum’s smaller vehicles also improve safety, as many of Garvey’s schools do not allow large buses to pull up near classrooms. “The easier and safer hand-off of students to staff is greatly appreciated,” adds Alma Ulloa. “We no longer get daily complaints from parents, which frees our staff to focus on more productive tasks.”

"We reduced expenses by 30% while providing safe, reliable special education transportation to families who use Zum."
Grace Garner

Chief Business Officer
Garvey School District

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