At the special Board of Education meeting held on Friday, August 10, the Board approved a new transportation contract with Acme Bus Corp. Please see below for a summary of the reason for a new bid and approval.
In 2016, the William Floyd School District entered into a five-year student transportation contract beginning in the 2016-17 school year with East End Bus Lines. As required by state law, the contract was awarded to East End Bus because they had submitted the lowest responsible bid for transportation services of the companies who submitted bids. Consequently, the district entered into a contract consistent with East End Bus’s lowest responsible bid which set forth the annual amount the district was to pay East End Bus for transportation services. Within the first two years of the contract, however, the owner twice demanded additional compensation under the threat of cessation of services including the latest demands in July 2018 for an additional $16.5 million over the three remaining years of the approved contract, which is unreasonable and unauthorized by the competitive bidding law. Accordingly, as responsible stewards of the community’s resources, the district found it necessary to rebid the contract.
The William Floyd School District will continue to act in good faith with the community’s resources and has notified the New York State Comptroller’s Office and the New York State Department of Education about this matter.
Please know that the district has been working feverishly over the past several weeks to get a new provider in place and ready for the opening of school in September. As a result, the Board of Education awarded the transportation contract to Acme Bus Corp. at the August 10, 2018, emergency meeting. The district will work with Acme Bus Corp. to ensure that minimal disruptions occur and will notify the community of our progress along the way. We thank you in advance for your patience.