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Board of Ed Agrees To Meet With Busing Consultant

Will meet with group that completed 2004 transportation study.

The Kings Park Board of Education, at a meeting Tuesday evening, agreed to meet with a busing consultant to review a past analysis of the system as well as look at current numbers on the district’s transportation system today.

Superintendent Susan Agruso told the board that Transportation Advisory Services, the firm that did the can provide current stats on the system as well as a comparison to other district's busing systems. Agruso said the updated analysis would cost the district $5,700.

“The scope will be to update with present numbers, latest contracts from other districts, what systems would look like if we ran our own buses,” said Agruso. “We will be comparing apples to apples… with very specific information to the district.”

The district is already looking at a shortfall of just over $1 million for the next year's budget, according to Agruso.

The possibility of a switch has prompted who say the move would not save the district money and would not be in the best interest of the students.

The district has tried other cost savings measures. That measure failed when the union, who said that there were problems with the switch, did not agree to make the change.

This is a corrected version of an earlier story which said the district had hired a consultant. Patch regrets the error.

Donna D November 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Analyze this. To many so called "experts" who continue to analyze and study issues that only result in further failures for the school systems. Why do we need a study to see if bus contracting will work? As far as I am concerned it will not. Many local residents will lose their jobs and once again outside entities will take control of our childrens lives in the school system. Remember the failed "Math A and Math B SYSTEM." It was implemented with no thought or insight. Only after more studies did the NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL SYSTEM realize that not only were the children not being taught math properly, but the LOCAL teachers were not given clear guidelines of what was going to be on the tests. Once again to much analyzing and outside entities imposing their theories down to the local level. How many text books were created for Math A and Math B only to be tossed away? How many children who were " the experiment " did not receive proper math lessons? The only ones that won in that situation were: the "experts" who made money trying to implement that program, the publishing companies who won the rights to publish the textbooks, and the numerous other people who were involved in creating paperwork and doing studies that in the long run made no sense. Two plus two will always equal four no matter how "the experts" try to tell you it does not.
larry November 17, 2011 at 12:51 PM
thanks for telling it so honestly
lisa costello November 17, 2011 at 01:33 PM
excellent!
Bern November 17, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Dear Superintendent Susan Agruso and others who are interested in the busing issues. Please register for emails newsletters from Transit Intelligence Industry News - steve.hirano@transittalent.com Then you can attend the below Industry Events, and find a real solution for our busing problems by actually seeing and hearing what the rest of the country is doing. This will also provide an excellent opportunity to see how other schools and local SLG folks are writing bids. No matter what you do you NEED A BID solitication. Don't depend on consultants that charge for information that should be provided free! Jan. 6 - Jan. 10, 2012: American Bus Association, Marketplace, Grapevine, Texas Jan. 22 - Jan. 26, 2012: Transportation Research Board, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Jan. 28 - Jan. 31, 2012: American Public Transportation Association, Transit CEOs Seminar, Orlando, Fla. Sorry I can't do this for you but I have to take care of my mother who has Alzheimer's
kpresident November 17, 2011 at 04:40 PM
why cant the supervisors position be eliminated. we have had 4 supervisors in the last 5 years. how important can the position be? Combine Security with transportation and have the head of security manage both groups. The savings of transportation supervisor salary should cover the payments for the new buses needed. Then we can keep our transportation department and not lay off our neighbors
Melissa Dispigno Macdougall November 17, 2011 at 04:45 PM
"Outcries" are NOT just from the trasportation department!!! They are from MANY MANY parents and community taxpayers who are sincerely concerned !!! We are VERY much against contract busing for several legitimate reasons!!!!
bill smith November 17, 2011 at 05:26 PM
What,s great about are own bus system most of the drivers are our neighbors who have the best intrest of the children put it to a vote with the people of kings park and what it will cost them to keep the present system .That should settle it.
Dee Reichert November 18, 2011 at 12:28 AM
i find it hard to believe that the district would want to spend $5700 to consult someone on busing with so much concern over our shortage at the request of A resident. One resident makes a request and we are suppose to believe thats why the district is looking into this. Please we are more intelligent than that.

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