Private School Bus Company Meets with Bus Drivers
They are driving towards making cuts to the budget, by privatizing the Marion County school transit system.
Tuesday, Student Transportation of America hosted a cook out, Q&A, and a bus-derby competition in Ocala. STA received the Superintendent's recommendation as the top bidder.
The school board will decide on hiring them to run the transit system on July 26th.
The CEO of the nation-wide company said bus drivers don't need to worry.
"Every single bus driver that drives a bus is gonna still drive a bus today," Denis Gallagher told TV20. "The number one biggest fallacy that's kind of out there, we haven't learned to drive drone buses yet so we still need bus drivers behind every wheel," he said.
Gallagher also stated bus drivers' benefits and seniority would not be affected if they should win the bid. The five-year contract with STA would include the company bringing 100 new buses to the district.
Gallagher said the move would save the district $2.5 million dollars by streamlining maintenance costs for the buses.
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