Pocono Mountain Votes to Outsource Transportation Services

PARADISE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Pocono Mountain Board of Education voted to allow a third-party bus company to take over its transportation services at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

Bus drivers and parents are disappointed.

The board voted 6-3 to outsource the district's student transportation services.

"It's not the fiscally right thing to do. It's not what is best for kids. It's not the safe thing to do and it's not the morally, ethically right thing to do," said Jessica Sabol, PSEA spokesperson.

The decision means about 200 transportation employees are out of a job at the end of the year.

School officials say the decision will save the district more than $30 million for a seven-year contract.

In a statement to Newswatch 16, the public relations director said:

“PMSD board directors have a fiduciary responsibility to district taxpayers to ensure the district provides the highest quality and safest school bus transportation services for its students in the most cost-effective manner for its taxpayers. This can best be done by outsourcing the district’s student transportation services.”

Parents who were at the meeting tell Newswatch 16 they are most upset with the school board's decision because their kids know their bus drivers and feel safe with them.

Paul Griiettner has two children in the district, both ride the bus. He was at the board meeting and says he is not happy with the decision.

"Everyone is well accustomed to everything that is going on here. To be honest, everything that is new brings some kind of fear. We don't know what the outcome is," Griiettner said.

According to the district, that third-party company will interview and give current transportation employees the chance to get their jobs back, but they will not be eligible for district benefits.

The union says they will continue to negotiate with the district to see if they can come to a resolution.

2 comments

  • Richard Stackhouse

    I think it’s unfair what there doing to the bus driver’s. The administration shouldn’t get any rises for the next ten year’s either. The district wastes money. Year’s back they had a knew maintenance building and paid a ridiculous amount for rent and when it rained heavy it would flood and the custodian would have to go over there and clean up the water. Another when I worked there they would have dinner before a school board meetings, what a waste of taxpayers money. So if there going to save 30 million dollars in ten years our school TAXES should go down. Fair is fair.

  • catman5308@yahoo.com

    The drivers will not be losing their jobs, the new company needs to have experienced drivers who know the routes, they can’t just bring new people in from elsewhere. The drivers would only lose their jobs if they choose not to come back. As a taxpayer, it is a good decision. As for benefits. well this is a part time job, with a split shift, (I’ve done this type of work), benefits, really???

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