Northwest ISD will terminate its contract with Reliant Transportation Inc. and bring its bus transportation services in-house, according to a resolution approved April 26 by the board of trustees that allows district staff to begin the transition.

The move from outsourced to in-house services comes after Texas House Bill 3 reduced NISD’s budget by $10 million to $15 million per year beginning in 2019.

“We’re going to take on more things ourselves, administratively, operationally, to realize savings for the district,” Superintendent Ryder Warren said.

At the April 26 board meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities Tim McClure said that bringing transportation services in-house could save the district $3 million or more per year, although district staff are still putting together a plan with the help of Reliant and other nearby school districts.

“It is going to be a seven-figure savings,” Chief Financial Officer Brian Carter said. “We’ll know by the end of next year exactly how much it is.”

The board's decision authorizes district staff to terminate the contract with Reliant, pending final meetings later in the week of April 26. The district must notify the company 60 days before formally ending the contract, McClure said. That 60-day period will give both the district and the company time to transition before the start of the 2021-22 school year.