East Ramapo School Board Plans to Consolidate Transportation

The East Ramapo School Board presented a plan that would consolidate transportation for the district, which currently employs sixty to seventy bus drivers. In the proposal about twenty drivers would be terminated and seventeen buses taken out of service, officials stating that they would save 2.5 million dollars by doing so. According to Superintendent Joel Klein most of the buses are past their prime and need about 10 to $20,000 in repairs, and discontinuing them will allow programs under the threat of being cut within the district to continue. Klein stated that the board is looking into negotiating contracts with a private service to save on costs as well, since the district can’t find existing documents and their hope is that the drivers laid off will get first job opportunities within the private company. According to Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme who talked with drivers on Tuesday at the Kurtz Civic Center promised to write to the district and Governor Andrew Cuomo on behalf of the bus drivers. Klein stated that the termination of good drivers wasn’t a first choice, but if the district can’t save money there it would mean cutting other things.

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