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Rocky Point Rejects Transportation Bids, Extends With First Student

District decides to extend with First Student Transportation Company.

After the Rocky Point School District opened the bidding for transportation services in March, the contracted First Student Bus Company made its voice heard with and a .

On Wednesday, the district officially rejected the transportation bid and unanimously approved a resolution to extend the contract with First Student through 2015, with a district option to extend through 2017.

The contract extension results in a total annual savings of $677,000 over 10 monthly credits. The acceptance of the resolution resulted in a round of applause from those in attendance at Wednesday's meeting.

"We're pleased to be able to extend with First Student because of our long standing relationship," Superintendent Michael Ring said, "but priority one for the board was to bring the best contract to the taxpayers, and to the citizens parents and students. So, we're happy to have a contract that reduces the cost substantially to the taxpayers."

At the previous board meeting, First Student workers packed the cafeteria and emphasized the long-standing relationship with the district and knowledge many of the drivers, who are also local residents, have of the area.

At Wednesday's meeting, the board of education unanimously adopted the proposed 2012-13 school budget and property tax report card. Stay tuned to Patch for a full story on the adopted budget later in the day.

Alicia Palifka April 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@RPMom..thank you very much for sharing your opinion regarding the exercise time. I must say I love ther term "throw away" time..putting it that way makes a lot of sense. I appreciate you sharing your expierience of being there..I mostly appreciate your kindness when responding....
Jessica Ward April 27, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@SashaK: Thanks :) While we may not see eye to eye on these things, I also appreciate the chance to engage in a civilized discussion where opposing view points and thoughts can be debated. Personally I feel there is no room for name calling and personal attacks--it just belittles everyone that is trying to be heard.
candy17 April 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I hope this helps to understand why the character trait of Citizenship has been saved for the end of the year. These 6 character traits (6 Pillars) align with the nationally recognized Character Counts Initiative. Students can use this acronym to help them remember that people with good character are TeRRiFiCC: T rustworthiness R espect R esponsibility F airness C aring C itizenship
Alicia Palifka May 04, 2012 at 08:48 PM
@JohnDoe..somehow I missed your comment.. My life doesn't revolve around always viewing what goes on regarding the Patch.You are quite rude. I do not have mis-information. While I would love to list the other parents (6 that I am aware of)names as to the facts of the particular poster coming up and down I cannot do so. What you are saying is that the children are lying? What in the world would they have to gain. Can you explain what are you talking about being this poster is "old news" and is Legal? .Anyhow..I really don't see anything wrong with having a Presidents photo just minus the campaign slogans.
Alicia Palifka May 04, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@candy17..Thank you for taking the time for the explaination...Much appreciated and as a parent of 3 I do indeed support this...It was just questionable when talking to other parents their chidlren came home with the same message that "if there are a bunch of No's then there will be no K" . Anyhow..people will vote and the majority will win one way or the other. But agin..thank you for the insight!

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