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Board ready to contract for outside bus services

Sandra Malahy
Superintendent, Lostant Grade School
Sandra Malahy Superintendent, Lostant Grade School

LOSTANT — The Lostant School District is set to enter into a contract for outside transportation services.

Despite winter conditions causing classes to be canceled for the day, members of the Lostant School Board braved the weather to make last week’s scheduled meeting.

Jim Peters, school attorney, and Karen Fassig, North America Central School Bus transportation director, also attended, as the district’s proposed transportation contract was set for approval.

Given its difficulties finding drivers to maintain bus routes, the district had previously put out requests for bids, leading to one proposal. The two-and-a-half-year contract is intended to transition the district from an in-house service to a third-party service this February. The current drivers are expected to be offered jobs with the new service.

The contract was approved “subject to no change of mind between now and Feb. 18,” at Peters’ suggestion. He explained that such language serves as extra protection for the district, as the contract cannot be approved until the stated date.

“Suffice it to say that if conditions change such that Feb. 18 was just too bloody long out, you should be able to reach out to North America Central School Bus for emergency accommodations,” Peters said. He added that such a situation seems unlikely to occur.

In other discussion, one student led to an investigation into the district’s activities.

“You can’t have more than one percent of your population taking an alternative state test,” Superintendent Dr. Sandra Malahy said, but “with a district this size, one student will bring us over that percentage.”

The described scenario is exactly what played out, leading to an investigation, after which the district was deemed in compliance with regulations.

The district has plans to discuss next month what it might do with the bleachers.

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