Laidlaw looks to renew busing contract
Laidlaw Transportation presented De Soto USD 232 with a proposal to provide the district bus service for another three years with the same 3-percent inflationary increase in price it has added annually since taking over the district's transportation contract in 2000.
District transportation director Jack Deyoe presented the Board of Education with the proposed contract Monday.
"I feel like it's very fair," Deyoe said. "It basically extends what we had the first three years."
Other than the suggested inflationary increase, the proposal didn't change rates for providing basic or activity buses, Deyoe said.
"The only place it's different is the special education piece because of the increased pay for special ed monitors," he said.
Still, Deyoe said the Board might be forced to raise ridership fees for the 2003-2004 school years from the current $210-per-student rate. The district realigned routes this year to avoid adding more buses, but with the district anticipating another double-digit increase in enrollment, it could be forced to lease two or three more buses from Laidlaw, he said.
But even should that cost be passed on, the district's ridership fee is in line with those of other nearby districts, Deyoe said.
Deyoe is to bring back a contract for the Board's consideration at its Feb. 18 meeting.