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RCSD Board of Education Postpones Vote to Bus Students

By Staff


rts1-newThe Rochester City School District Board of Education voted June 18 to postpone considering a new contract with Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority that would allow RTS to bus students to school in the 2015-16 school year.

School board officials said they needed more time to review the $11.4 million contract, which, in addition to other transportation costs, would cost the district 19 percent more than the $54.4 million the district initially planned to spend on transporting students next school year.

The new plan would include 50 fewer buses, as well as an increase in students from certain schools, including Wilson Magnet High school, and secondary charter schools, taking yellow buses.

However, although the school board ultimately decided to postpone its vote, RGRTA  had previously given the district until June 19 to agree to the contract.

RGRTA has released the following statement regarding the matter:

“While we respect the school board’s need to fully assess their transportation plans, time is of the essence. The proposal we submitted at the district’s request achieves our mutual goals to transport many more students directly from home to school, and back again at the end of the school day. It also reduces, by 80 percent, the number of students needing to transfer at the RTS Transit Center. Our hope is that the assessment can be conducted with urgency, and a decision reached expeditiously.”

The board has not yet scheduled a new date to vote on the contract.

RTS previously had decided to cancel its partnership with the RCSD, after its contract for the current school year expired in June, due to several violent incidents at the RTS Transit Center involving RCSD students.