Trenton schools to outsource transportation

Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON — A year ago the Trenton Board of Education made the decision to cancel general education busing for the 2011-12 school year.

That cancellation was prevented in August when an unexpected bonus from the Wayne County tax assessor sent news of delinquent fees owed the district, and bus service was restored for the year.

Last month, the school board faced similar budget numbers, and after six months of consideration voted to outsource district busing for the 2012-13 school year.

A committee of Hedke Elementary School Principal Vince Porreca, Arthur Middle School Principal Stephanie O’Connor, and Trenton High School Assistant Principal Rodney Wakeham reviewed the transportation issues, met with potential provider companies, and presented school board members with an assessment. Lansing-based Dean Transportation was selected to present the board with a contract at its next regular meeting.

Among the factors was an aging fleet of buses that would cost about $90,000 each to replace.

Vehicle maintenance will be part of the contract.

Trenton’s current 20 bus drivers will be given the chance to interview with Dean Transportation to retain their jobs.

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