The Lemont-Bromberek District 113A Board of Education will hold a public hearing April 23, with a focus on outsourcing the district's transportation.
At a meeting last month, board members heard impassioned pleas from bus drivers, asking the district to keep transportation in-house. The board also 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.
Bus drivers stressed their main concern was for the children.
"We care what happens to the children in our district," said driver Kathy Kirby. "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."
The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m., at Old Quarry Middle School, in the Learning Resource Center.