The board reviewed bids for outsourcing the district's bus services, with comparisons between current costs, and bids from companies First Student and Westway. Documents show contracting the services with First Student would save the district $310,501 over three years, while the district could see savings of $105,295 with Westway.
Impassioned drivers filed to the microphone behind spokesperson Kathy Kirby, who addressed the board on their behalf.
"We care what happens to the children in our district," Kirby said. "We are the first adult that our children see in their school experience, and the last adult they see on their way home from school. ... As drivers, we accept the responsibility of making sure they get to and from school safely."
District Business Manager Barb Germany presented the bids and their details, including information on personal/sick days, hourly pay and health insurance.
TOTAL COSTS2015–2016 School Year
- Current D113A bus drivers: $1,066,836
- First Student: $1,033,119 (Savings of 3 percent)
- Westway: $1,092,567 (No savings)
- Current: $1,171,248
- First Student: $1,048,616 (Savings of 10 percent)
- Westway: $1,125,344 (Savings of 4 percent)
- Current: $1,218,496
- First Student: $1,064,345 (Savings of 13 percent)
- Westway: $1,159,104 (Savings of 5 percent)
The board will hold a public hearing April 23, before casting a final vote.
Bus driver of 24 years Anita Saldana said that while she understands the district's desire to be fiscally prudent, the safety of students should come first.
"I know my coworkers, I know how we went above and beyond the call of duty," Saldana said. "Everything is financial nowadays. I hope they put the children first. I worry about my coworkers."
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