Quantcast

D-60 school board agrees to pay 7-percent fee hike for school bu - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

D-60 school board agrees to pay 7-percent fee hike for school bus service next year

Posted: Updated:
District 60 School Board District 60 School Board

District 60 will be paying approximately $119,000 more next year for school bus services. 

The district's contract with First Student was set to expire in June. This week, the school board voted to keep the bus service for another year while district leaders explore other options. 

News 5 Investigates uncovered First Student has raised transportation rates every year since 2012 for District 60. Here is a breakdown of the costs: 

  • 2012-2013 school year: $1,543,139.24
  • 2013-2014 school year: $1,581,726.89
  • 2014-2015 school year: $1,621,257.39
  • 2015-2016 school year: $1,661,779.18
  • 2016-2017 school year: $1,703,301.29
  • 2017-2018 school year (new contract): Estimate: $1,822,311.29

News 5 Investigates featured First Student in a story after learning a handful their bus drivers were running red lights and getting tickets. The bus company knew about the violations, but never reported that information to the school districts they serve.

Since 2013, First Student bus drivers servicing Districts 60 and 70 got into 41 accidents. While the majority were minor, more than half were determined to be the bus driver's fault. You can view our previous investigation here

D-70 Superintendent Ed Smith and D-60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso told News 5 they will require First Student to notify them of these infractions in the future as a result of our inquiry.  

D-60 also openly discussed this issue during its regular school board meeting Tuesday. 

"Some of the things we are looking for from First Student are improved terms and communication of any incidents, accidents, citations or anything that would involve student safety," D-60 Director of Facilities Management Bob Lawson told school board members. "We want to make sure they (First Student) report that information to us moving forward."

Lawson also told the board the district contacted Student Transportation Inc. and Durham Transportation Services to inquire about costs associated with switching service providers.  

"Both (bus companies) said it could take as long as four to six months for them to mobilize once they are awarded a contract," Lawson explained.  

Because the contract with First Student was set to expire in two months, Lawson told the board he and his staff believed renewing with First Student for a one-year term with a seven percent fee hike was the best course of action at this point in time.  

After the one-year contract expires, Lawson said the school district can renew with First Student for another two percent fee hike for each additional year or choose to go with another provider. It's unclear if D-60 would save any money by going with a different service provider since costs were not discussed.

Top Trending Videos

WEATHER
Drive the Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Victim's family questions why repeat DUI offender is still on the roads

    Victim's family questions why repeat DUI offender is still on the roads

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:52 AM EDT2017-07-20 04:52:27 GMT
    Lainey Parsons recovers in the hospital after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in June.Lainey Parsons recovers in the hospital after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in June.

    A family is asking why a repeat drunk driver is still on the roads after slamming into their 12-year-old daughter and leaving the scene. It happened on June 15th in the Falcon area long Meridian Road near Woodmen Hills Drive, a day Shayla Parsons will never forget. "They were both just screaming that she had been hit by a car," Parsons said.

    A family is asking why a repeat drunk driver is still on the roads after slamming into their 12-year-old daughter and leaving the scene. It happened on June 15th in the Falcon area long Meridian Road near Woodmen Hills Drive, a day Shayla Parsons will never forget. "They were both just screaming that she had been hit by a car," Parsons said.

  • Colorado Springs panhandlers may soon be pushed off of more medians

    Colorado Springs panhandlers may soon be pushed off of more medians

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-07-19 23:20:50 GMT
    Those wishing to stand on medians in the middle of 16 intersections around Colorado Springs are banned from doing so.  Many of these people are panhandlers, while others wish to occupy the spot for political hand outs and other advertising reasons. But, more intersections are likely to be added to the banned median list within the next month the city said. "People slipping off the median, or they have dogs on the medians and the dog comes off, or they have things with them...
    Those wishing to stand on medians in the middle of 16 intersections around Colorado Springs are banned from doing so.  Many of these people are panhandlers, while others wish to occupy the spot for political hand outs and other advertising reasons. But, more intersections are likely to be added to the banned median list within the next month the city said. "People slipping off the median, or they have dogs on the medians and the dog comes off, or they have things with them...
  • Report: Linkin Park lead singer commits suicide in L.A. home

    Report: Linkin Park lead singer commits suicide in L.A. home

    Thursday, July 20 2017 3:04 PM EDT2017-07-20 19:04:55 GMT
    Chester Bennington performs in concert during the 2015 Shindig Music Festival at Carroll Park in 2015. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)Chester Bennington performs in concert during the 2015 Shindig Music Festival at Carroll Park in 2015. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County coroner says Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County coroner says Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday.

Powered by Frankly

© KOAA.com 2017, KOAA.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?