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  • Contact
    Helpful Links Membership Contact Search Submit New York School Bus Contractors Association Contact Us Jennifer Hickey Bruce Executive Director jennifer jenniferbruce us 518 220 9905 New York School Bus Contractors Association P O Box 268 Latham NY 12110 Copyright 2015

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  • Search
    Menu About Contracting Advocacy News Events Helpful Links Membership Contact Search Submit New York School Bus Contractors Association Powered by Copyright 2015 New York School Bus Contractors Association Top

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  • Board of Directors
    Linda DeSabato Vallo Transportation Ltd 151 17 6th Road Whitestone NY 11357 Gene Kowalczewski Student Transportation of America 95 Stewart Court East Aurora NY 14052 Frank Luciano First Student Inc 237 West Main Street Boonton NJ 07005 Tom Mattingly Durham School Services 10 Tucker Drive Poughkeepsie NY 12603 Paul Mori Huntington Coach Corporation PO Box 126 1359 NY Avenue Huntington Station NY 11746 Tommy Smith Suffolk Transportation 10 Moffitt Blvd Bay Shore NY 11706 Neil Strahl Pioneer Transportation 2890 Arthur Kill Road Staten Island NY 10309 Carmen Tomeo WE Transport Inc Towne Bus 303 Sunnyside Boulevard Plainview NY 11803 Brett Wester Durham School Services 529 Melrose Drive North Syracuse NY 13212 Officers Mike Martucci President Quality Bus Service LLC 504 Route 42 PO Box 600 Sparrowbush NY 12780 Robert C Pape Past President Dell Transportation 20 Haven Avenue Port Washington NY 11050 Bree Allen 1st Vice President Ethan Allen Ent Inc The Trans Group 113 Hunter Street Kingston NY 12401 Corey Muirhead Secretary Logan Bus Company Inc Affiliates 97 14 Atlantic Avenue Ozone Park NY 11416 John J Corrado Treasurer Suffolk Transportation 10 Moffitt Blvd Bay Shore NY 11706 Honorary Lifetime Members Ed Arrigoni NY Bus Service Interstate 95 At

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  • Cost Savings Analysis Tool
    s constant uncertainty negatively affects school districts all across New York State School Boards and administrators must be diligent in their management of limited resources and look at every aspect of their operations to ensure school districts meet their educational responsibilities in the most cost effective manner possible The following cost analysis tool is designed to assist school districts in determining the actual annual cost of operating their transportation fleet

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  • Request for Proposals Process
    Governor Pataki More effective alternative to low bid method Prior to 1996 there were instances where school districts received poor or substandard school transportation services because the low bid method would often lead to inferior companies winning contracts strictly based on price The Request for Proposal process serves as a better alternative to the old low bid procurement method ensuring school districts can award contracts based on a number of factors such as safety record quality of service and years of experience not just price How is an RFP Awarded Typically the school district will establish an RFP committee to evaluate the proposals and award the contract with consideration given to safety quality experience and pricing In many cases site visits to prospective companies are required as part of the RFP process A district may ask questions throughout the process and typically set times when contractors can ask questions regarding the RFP The district controls the entire process and will issue a schedule or timeline for the RFP process reserving the right to change it if necessary What does the RFP committee evaluate in addition to pricing Committees look at the following The company s safety record Condition and location

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  • Contract Models
    after market equipment insurance and incidental use of the buses District Continues Employment of Drivers A district that is concerned about the political or legal ramifications of outsourcing jobs can choose the model that allows the district to continue employing drivers and other selected transportation personnel Under this model the company provides the buses and manages the operations including driver training and supervision and administering drug and alcohol testing programs and medical qualification Because the drivers remain in the Board s employ they retain benefits such as participation in public retirement programs that they might not have under the contractor s employment This model also allows districts to outsource without violating any restrictive state labor or privatization regulations Variations of the model include The district details or seconds its drivers to the company for a specified period of time e g the length of the contract giving the contractor responsibility for supervisory and operational functions The district maintains personnel functions such as payroll and benefit administration The district keeps its current employees but new hires are employed by the company This allows the district to turn over the responsibility for driver employment gradually without alienating its employees If the district desires a faster conversion it can set a future date at which time all employees will be released to be hired by the contractor When the district chooses to retain employment of the drivers it is important that the contract is specific about lines of authority and responsibility for hiring discipline and terminations In addition both the district and the contractor must consider carefully the terms of any bargaining agreement between the drivers and the district and how it will affect management of the operation District Retains Part of the System In what might be called the partial full service model the district turns over part of its operation to the contractor The district may continue to operate the regular route service but outsource the more specialized and much more costly special needs transportation Or the district may outsource all in district transportation but continue to operate its own out of district transportation It may turn all home to school service over to a contractor but retain a small fleet and drivers for activity transportation There are many variations on this model depending on the needs and the resources of the district It is important that the contract clearly specify the scope of the outsourced service including procedures to determine responsibility for any gray areas that may arise Management Only A district that wants to retain both its fleet and its drivers but eliminate the day to day hassle of operating the system can opt for a management contract This model best serves the district whose main concern is that administrators spend time running school buses that would be better spent running schools It s also an appropriate model for a district that is suffering from service issues and or inefficiency Bringing in a professional company to manage school bus

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  • Advantages of Using a Contractor
    savings some districts actually witness and increase in revenue because contractors will often rent the existing facility or pay property taxes on new facilities A study of the 66 largest urban school districts found that the median annual cost of an urban district operated bus is nearly 69 000 where contracted buses come in at 55 000 per bus a savings of 14 000 per bus or over 20 percent The cost of district operated buses tends to be underreported due to the difficulty in capturing capital costs click here for acopy of our cost savings analysis tool Satisfaction Districts maintain control of the busing services through a detailed RFP and contract process which demands transparency accountability and the highest standards Hiring a contractor can eliminate labor management issues with over 35 000 union and non union employees statewide the industry prides itself on ensuring the workforce is professional and treated fairly Districts are freed from management headaches like absenteeism drug testing and insubordination Contractors work closely with school districts parents and unions to ensure the transition from school district provided to contractor provided busing services is seamless The Council of Great City Schools released a multiyear study that highlighted best practices in school operations contractors scored very well by providing quality bus services for less money School districts all across the state are extremely satisfied with contractor provided school transportation services Contracting student transportation services frees school districts from budget constraints and lengthy bus replacement schedules Contractors support school initiatives through scholarships educational and safety programs Local Boards in Control One of the most persistent and least true of the many myths about contracting of support services is that the school board loses control over the service when it outsources to a private company The fact is that absent

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  • Success Stories
    converted from a district owned pupil transportation operation to a private run operation Because of this conversion the school district is now saving over one million dollars a year in school transportation costs money that can be used in the

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