USD 475 Takes Delivery of New Vehicles

USD 475 receives new vehicles

The Board of Education approved a change in its business practices that includes leasing a portion of its vehicle fleet. The delivery of vehicles for the Information Technology Department is underway.

Karl DeArmond, USD 475 Chief Information Officer and members of his staff prepare vehicles for delivery.

David Wild, USD 475 Chief of Operations made presentations to the Board of Education with a recommendation to look at using a fleet management program awarded to Enterprise Rental car by the Sourcewell purchasing cooperative. The competitively awarded contract allows municipalities, government entities, and school districts to enter into an equity lease program for fleet vehicles.

“This isn’t a traditional lease program but is rather an equity lease initiative,” Wild states. The program includes a quarterly business review wherein Enterprise will provide data that ensures the District vehicle fleet is properly sized and the type of vehicles are appropriate for District needs.

Wild adds that Enterprise will make vehicle offloading recommendations that allow the District to optimize vehicle equity with those monies returned to the District. Through its market analysis, Enterprise will advise the District when to re-sell vehicles to optimize return on investment.

“The purpose of this type of arrangement is to leverage the purchasing and selling the power of Enterprise to minimize District operational costs. The business model demonstrates net savings in operational expenses over time with warrantied, fuel-efficient and safer vehicles. If savings are not achieved, we’ll reverse the decision,” explains Wild.

The District is also reducing the size of the District fleet by requiring the follow-on District custodial and maintenance contractor to provide its own vehicles, equipment, and supplies. The procurement of those services is underway and expected to transition July 1, 2020.