After nearly five hours in discussions, North Little Rock School board members voted unanimously against outsourcing school bus drivers. The vote came as a victory to bus drivers who spent the day campaigning with flyers against it, and pleading with board members during a meeting Thursday night. School Superintendent Tom Kimbrell said the district was only hearing the three proposals to make sure the taxpayers were getting their money`s worth. In one proposal, First Student Services would cost the district a total of $4.5 million dollars for the 2005-2006 school year. Drivers would be paid the same amount, $8.97/hr., as with NLRSD, and insurance costs would vary. Durham School Services` proposal would cost the district $4.3 million dollars. Drivers would be paid $10/hr, with a 3% increase, and insurance would cost more than the district`s at $64.33/month. Laidlaw, which is currently contracted by the Little Rock School District, would cost NLRSD $4.6 million. Drivers would be paid the same amount as the school district, and insurance would also cost less, based on an employee`s longevity. None of these plans will be implemented since the board voted against privatizing.