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Pay-to-Ride Pilot Program

The Derby Public Schools Transportation Department provides ridership to approximately 1,700 eligible students who live 2.5 miles or more from their attendance centers, at no cost to the family. This includes 18 special education routes supporting students who receive door-to-door service from any location within the 50 square miles that make up Derby Public Schools.

New for the 2022-2023 school year is a pay-to-ride pilot program approved by the Board of Education. The pilot program will be open to families that live east of K-15 with students that attend Oaklawn Elementary or Cooper Elementary, and families that live west of K-15 with students who attend Derby Hills Elementary, Swaney Elementary or Derby Middle School. School of attendance must be your neighborhood school, transfer students are not eligible. The cost would be $300 per student or $550 per family for the school year (approximately $33 per month for a single student). If a family qualifies for free/reduced meals, they would be eligible for either a 50% fee reduction or full waiver of this fee. If a student were removed from the bus due to disciplinary action no fees would be refunded.

Over the course of the next school year, the pilot program will continue to be evaluated and bring forward recommendations on any adjustments or the feasibility of the pilot expanding further as a potential benefit to more families.

For those who live in these areas and are interested in participating in the pilot, please contact the Transportation Office at (316) 788-8450.

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