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Superintendent Recommends to Not Privatize Transportation

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After months of looking into the possibility of privatizing transportation for Bay District Schools, the Superintendent is recommending not to move forward with the idea.

"We've looked at all the angles and all the cost and savings," says Superintendent Bill Husfelt. "The recommendation that I'm making to the board is to not privatize transportation," says Husfelt.

More than five transportation companies submitted proposals, but Husfelt says the savings wasn't great enough for the change.

"The bottom line is the savings we're not what we were hoping they would be. The transition of going through this would be cost prohibitive. Three-quarters of a million dollars on the payout to the employees," says Husfelt.

Husfelt says the best option is to restructure the current transportation operations, putting fears of outsourcing to rest for those in the Transportation Department.

"We're relieved," says Ken Phillips, Director of Transportation for Bay District Schools. "I do believe it will enhance the morale of the personnel because I think we've been dealing with this for about two years now. If we can put this behind us and move forward. Please understand, our job is going to start anew, here. There are some things that we must do. If the Superintendent is talking about restructuring the department, then we really need to entertain that," says Phillips.

Discussion have already begun between the District and BESPA to take a look at other cost savings measures.

The District will still move forward with a bus purchase plan and bus upgrades.