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Board Of Ed Agrees to Hire Busing Consultant

Consultant will update 2004 report.

The Kings Park Board of Education agreed at Tuesday evening's meeting to hire a busing consultant to update a past analysis of the system.

An conducted by Transportation Advisory Services suggested that the district keep its current system in place. The board has said that the nearly eight year old study needs to be updated with current numbers in order to do a fair comparison between contract busing and in-house busing. 

"We have agreed to hire a consultant who is going to do some updating of the report that was done in 2004," said Agruso. "He has a copy of our report and he has done this kind of work for other school districts. We are trying to get up to date information."

Agruso has said in the past that the update is needed in order to provide an "apples to apples" comparison.

The board voted 4 to 1 in favor of the decision with trustee Steve Weber casting the dissenting vote.

"I believe we already know as a school district what has to be done to help make the a more efficient operation without compromising safety," said Weber in a recent conversation. "The money to fund this study, in my opinion is an unnecessary expenditure."

The cost of the study is approximately $6,000, of which close to half will be reimbursed to the district, resulting in a total cost to the district of about $3,500. The study will be conducted by BOCES and will take about five weeks to complete.

KP Pride for Life January 19, 2012 at 08:24 PM
WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK GOD FOR STEVE WEBER! How about we hire a consultant to see if we REALLY need a Superintendent.
TONY P January 20, 2012 at 01:24 AM
THIS 6.000 TO HIRE A BOCES FOR A STUDY ? WAST OF MONEY WITH 3.500 BACK WELL WHAT A WAST WE NEED A NEW BOARD AND MAY NEED A NEW SUPERINTENDET. WAKEUP KINGS PARK
KP Student January 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
By "keep its current system in place", does that include late buses or not? The late buses at the HS are really missed. If the district has $3,500 to spend on a consultant, I don't see why we don't have late buses.
Donna D January 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Agree with all three previous comments above. Once again too many so called experts getting involved where they don't belong. What is there to study? Our bus drivers are the best. Most are Kings Park residents themselves and go above and beyond to get our children to and from school. Also, as a note to the Superintendent's contract being extended. Why was it the vote was taken before residents were able to voice their opinions? There is no common sense anymore.
Marion Behrmann Drautz January 20, 2012 at 01:13 PM
This is a waste of money and time. Our bus drivers are the best and most live in town..We want are bus drivers to stay.. Let the town decide. I am with Steve Weber 100 percent
KPLifer January 20, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I believe this new study was Steves idea? The BOE has to explore all cost options.
Tom Gillen January 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
how could it be? he voted against it.....
KPLifer January 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
At the end of it, Steve is correct on voting no....but originally he was the one that wanted to revisit the idea.
Tom Scalli January 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
To much is wasted on studies, consulting firms, the only ones that do good are the firms doing it. The bus service is very good to our children. If someone misses the bus they usually have them go back to get them. The drivers are very nice they help our children and us a million times. Always smiling and are from our community . So they do have something in it, the love for Kings Park. Kings Park is like one family, so why brake it up . Seems like when outsiders come in they try to change what has been going well for many years, other School districts have tried to change to private companies and now wish they never did. If they want to save money stop wasting it on stupid studies and surveys, and think of some of the high paying salaries to help lower the cost, even think about going solar, green. Do not push over 75 people out of work and probably out of our community. over a very bad decision, and create hardships for everyone. Look around times are bad and seems like its not getting any better, stop wasting our time and money. Just keep things going the way it is and that is GOOD.Sometimes they say a change is good, but not in this instance. In Michagan the have billboards on school buses to help raise money and lower the taxes and it is working. If getting rid of our own school buses and goes private and does not work , because after the contracts are up they will raise the cost of their service and who gets to pay .
Mike January 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM
The typical Weber Chaos Machine is at it again. Stirring up trouble, placing blame on someone else and then trying to look like the hero. Wake up Kings Park and dump this phony off the board before his time is up!
Matt(easy like Sunday morning) January 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Why not use the same consultant hired to study privatizing bus service to study privatizing school administration? Everything should be considered why not during this evolving economic crisis? School admin processes virtually unchanged for decades should be no more than 5% of the budget
Matt(easy like Sunday morning) January 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Seems to me that the teachers and admin should pay for the study not taxpayers since ultimately any savings in bussing costs will free up money for thier salaries and pensions does anyone think budget will be reduced?
bbaro January 22, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Waste of money yes!!! Seems like the webberr machine wants to be BOE president.
Albert Noesei January 22, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I wonder how many teachers they are going to cut this year? I am going to guess she will say enrollment dropped and that is the reason again. How can enrollment drop and class size rise? Does it make any sense to you? Also, when you excess teachers, please do not tell them their position was ABOLISHED. Real class act.
KPperson January 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
There are many factors that can lead to teachers layoffs but it is true that state aid was reduced. The teachers union was asked to take a pay freeze to save positions, just as many other districts were. Over 30 districts on Long Island agreed and it saved jobs. It was refused in Kings Park and teachers were unfortunately laid off. The union, knowing that the largest percentage of teachers were in the upper tiers, decided that it was worth letting the bottom feeders go in order to keep the pay raises. Luckily, many of the laid off teachers were brought back before the school year started. If we would like to save the teachers and the transportation people, keep school programs and sports yet have less tax money and state aid coming in, what should be cut? Do you really think we should just replace the superintendent who puts out conservative budgets which pass every year? Give her some credit. Should we keep taxing ourselves right out of Kings Park? If you think this is bad, try looking over at Smithtown or Commack.
Matt(easy like Sunday morning) January 22, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Simply put schools are about educating kids a task performed exclusively by teachers in the classroom. As I see it before any teacher is terminated admin cost should be first. I would terminate every admin position and let the teachers run it maybe with a principle
KPperson January 22, 2012 at 08:42 PM
So teachers will run the district, organize professional development, deal with school legal issues, pay district bills, coordinate programs, take care of hiring and excessing, deal with Albany, handle finances, do their own teacher evaluations and still do all the other duties they perform plus teach class? The train just left the station!
Matt(easy like Sunday morning) January 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Yes, but don't worry it won't happen anytime soon if ever. All the activities you note can be outsourced to a private for profit or non profit entities or state chartered educational coop entity that would.be regional not local. Seems most if not administrators are former teachers. I would rather have well compensated teachers than dead weight non core administration costs. From Matt aboard the peace train
Albert Noesei January 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM
What did the district offer in return for the teachers taking a pay freeze? The answer.....NOTHING! Check it....The youngest, best, brightest teachers are bottom feeders? Wow. I did not realize that the people who give the most effort are considered bottom feeders. I know many of those "excessed" teachers and MANY of them were not rehired and the ones that were were hired at a sub rate. Check how much that is. Can you support a salary on that amount? Class size went up quite a bit. Also, let's wait and see where she goes with this year's budget. The problem with KP is there is no accountability. That goes for the teacher's union as well. Unfortunately, you cannot make a deal to save jobs when it is never on the table to begin with.
Tom Scalli January 25, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I think that all of the people (tax payers ) should have a vote in all of this. Seems like no one on the board is listening to the people. Either more people should attend these meetings and be heard or send email or snail mail to the Board and let them know what the people think. This is our community and our children. How would you all like the idea that your job will be terminated because of some stupid decision from the higher ups, who really do not care about you or your family. Look around people are hurting in this economy, homeless, unemployment. There are over 75 bus drivers and Bus Aids. That is a lot of people in our community out of work. what would they do ? These are our neighbors, Just think about you losing your livelyhood. Tom Scalli
Tom Scalli February 04, 2012 at 01:07 AM
If the School Board is only looking into a consultant to see about busing, why is it that Suffolk Bus Company was asked to get a bid together. because "Quote", The school district is looking to get rid of the bus drivers.Was said at Suffolk Bus. It sure is nice to know why Dr. Agruso keeps saying nothing is going to happen about it we are just looking into it.Well what is going on and is your nose starting to grow.

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