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Linglestown Gazette: CD bus update

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

CD bus update

With 10 days until the start of the school year, legal wrangling over Central Dauphin School Board’s decision to outsource bus operations is continuing. Here are the latest developments:

* According to the bus drivers’ association, the school district still has not signed a contract with Durham School Services, the Chicago-based company selected to run the transportation department.

* The bus drivers' association continues to contend that the district is bargaining in bad faith, and they have made a second request for mediation to negotiate changes to the drivers' labor contract that covers the next two school years.

* The bus drivers' association plans to amend the unfair labor practice charges filed with the state to allege that the district is directly contacting drivers about employment issues, instead of going through the association.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for this Monday, August 24, at 7 pm in the Lecture Hall of Central Dauphin East High School. If you want to weigh in during the meeting on the bus controversy, call 545-4703 to get on the list of public speakers.

Related info:

Letter transmitted Tuesday from the bus drivers’ lawyer, Ira Weinstock, to the school district’s lawyers, James Ellison and Stephen Moniak.

School district’s announcement
about hiring Durham School Services.



At 9:01 AM, Anonymous CenPaMom said...

Ok, so here's the situation...and the concern.
If your child depends on a bus to get to/from school...**will there be transportation**provided for them, beginning 8/31 or not ?
With this obvious stalemate, it sounds sort of iffy.

What are parents being told ? This CDSD parent isn't being told ANYTHING. And I think, as a parent, we should know what to expect...and, if need be, make alternate arrangements to get our children to/from school.

This whole situation stinks beyond oblivion

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous JohnC said...

Does the School district have the right to hand over their employee records and addresses as well as possible payroll information to a company that they yet to have under contract or at least get the permission from the drivers? I can't believe how unprofessional the school board has been in handling this whole affair!

They just need to get above board and handle this in the manner that is required!

At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also like to know if the vote taken by the school board members was legal? Only 6 and there are 9? What's the trick now?

At 9:53 AM, Blogger  said...

The board can legally transact business with six members present. They need at least five members present to act on agenda items.


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