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Busing, School Closure Contracts Awarded

South Huntington Board of Education approves two key studies.

The South Huntington Board of Education has approved two contracts that could lead to a school closing and changes in transportation.

Western Suffolk BOCES will study the possibility of closing Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center on Harding Place. In a presentation to the board in mid-August, Joan E. Townley, planning services coordinator at Western Suffolk BOCES, outlined a study would cover such categories as demographics, current and projected enrollment, facilities, options and other topics. The contract is worth $8,700, half of which will come back to the district through BOCES aid.

The transportation study will cost $14,000 and was awarded to Management Partnership Services.

In the August presentation to the board, Tim Ammon of Management Partnership Services said a study of how to handle future busing operations would analyze current costs and policies but also examine contracts, management of time and distance and several other topics. He said his company could produce a study in about 90 days.

At issue on busing is whether the district should continue use a privae contractor to provide services or continue to use district employees.

John Fay September 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Another study at the expense of the taxpayers and the children of the district. Back around 2005 / 2006 the school district already did a study on Outsourcing Bus Service (Lease) vs. In-house Bus Services (Buy). In addition, a local Civic Association obtained a consultant to do an independent study and it was found that it was much cheaper to lease a bus service then for the district to own and operate their own buses. THE OVERALL SAVINGS WAS IN THE MILLIONS (the costs included bus depot operational costs, pensions, medical, sick time, etc.). Some of the current board members are well aware of these previous studies and they already know what the savings are. The bus depot is a money pit.
Diane September 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Privatize transportation.....Sell off the fleet and the building.....My son's 3rd grade class has 32 kids in it.....we cannot afford to lose anymore teachers....Now is the time to bargin with Huntington Coach

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