Success Stories

Mesa County Valley School District 51 Makes Switch to STA and Sees Immediate Impact
"The benefits of working with STA were apparent from the get-go. The newer, environmentally-friendly propane vehicles were the first big plus. And the STA team is much more responsive and customer- service oriented than our previous contractor. The relationships between the district and our mutual staffs are just better all around. And equally important is the fact that the drivers are now better paid and happier.”
- Phil Onofrio, Chief Operating Officer
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San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Upgrades Transportation Operations with STA
"The greatest thing about STA is the company’s commitment to the safety and security of our students. That was evident right out of the gate with the new vehicles they brought in to serve our needs. Our contract did not mandate video cameras, but STA took ownership of our system and installed cameras on every single bus.”
- Ralph R. Alba, M.A., Program Manager
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West Ada School District Discovers Financial and Operational Efficiencies with STA's Cascade Student Transportation
"We had three big goals when we contracted with Cascade Student Transportation. We wanted to reduce our capital costs for buses, restore mid-day kindergarten transportation, and hire and retain an adequate pool of school bus drivers. Cascade has helped us achieve all three of these goals.”
- Eric Exline, Chief Communications Officer
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Santa Maria-Bonita School District Overcomes Transportation Obstacles with STA
"STA people make the difference. Even when we have last-minute changes, we can count on them to make it work for our students. They are especially good about accommodating the needs of our displaced students and often are able to make the necessary changes by the next day.”
- Scott Roy, Coordinator of Maintenance, Operations, Facilities, and Transportation
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Student Transportation of Canada Helps Establish Efficient and Cost-Effective Transportation Plan
"When bad weather hits, I can always count on the STC team. STC managers often are on the road as early as 2 to 3 a.m. to monitor conditions. They provide me with a report by 4 a.m. so I can make decisions about school cancellations and notify my administrators. They always give me good advice.”
- Renee Boucher, Executive Director
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Lakeland Union High School Improves Routing Efficiencies with Dairyland Buses
"Our initial goals were to improve routing efficiencies and create a unified contract for all five school districts within our region. Neither of these were simple fixes, but Dairyland helped us achieve both goals. We were able to drop one route, which resulted in annual savings of more than $50,000. We now have one contract, covering all five of our Lakeland area school districts, that puts us all on the same renewal cycle with the same terms, conditions and base rates.”
- James Bouche, Ed. S., District Administrator
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Minocqua J1 School District Improves School Bus Routing Efficiency with the Dairyland Group
"Because we cover such a large rural area, we want to make sure we are doing it as efficiently as possible. No Superintendent wants a bus to pull up with only six kids on it. But we have some major highways running through our area that we don’t want kids to cross. Dairyland’s computerized routing systems have helped us run as efficiently as possible.”
- Dr. James Ellis, District Administrator
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White Settlement Independent School District Transforms Their Transportation Department With the Help of GoldStar
"GoldStar is very proactive. They address issues before they become problems and that definitely makes my job easier. Most of the time, issues are handled before they ever come to my attention. When my phone isn’t ringing with transportation issues, I can focus on the rest of my job.”
- David Bitters, Assistant Superintendent
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Burleson Independent School District Chooses GoldStar for Their Safety and Experience
"I am very pleased with the way GoldStar communicates and works with us to solve problems. They want to do the best they can for our students and we do, too. After experiencing customer service issues in the past, working with GoldStar has been a pleasure. Our Goldstar General Manager has a very good team and morale is good.”
- Brenda Mize, Chief Financial Director
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Columbia Public Schools Partners with STA to Improve On-Time Bus Performance
"Our biggest goal was to improve on-time performance and that has much improved with STA. Our local STA managers always give 100 percent and the company’s regional leaders provide the local team with tools to make it easier to get the job done.” - Blake Tekotte, Director of Transportation
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Johnston Community School District Finds Big Savings in Upgrading their School Bus Fleet with STA
"With STA, I always get the sense that safety is their first and most important priority, which aligns with our approach to all we do. The local STA management team has developed positive relationships with bus drivers and emphasizes positive relationships with students. Our students know that they can approach any Johnston Community School District employee whenever they need something and STA mirrors that approach.”
- Laura Kacer, Executive Director of Human Resources
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