“For the upcoming school year, officials in East Ramapo have made several changes in how the district’s 33,500 students get to class each day.
Part of the changes include laying off its bus drivers, outsourcing the routes and increasing transportation for private schools on district holidays.
In late March, the school board voted to dissolve its transportation operations – which consisted of 17 employees and 18 vehicles, a move that, according to the proposed 2018-19 budget, will lead to a $1.7 million reduction in busing costs.
The bulk of student transportation in East Ramapo is already being handled by private bus carriers, with more than $30 million earmarked for regular routes, special needs students transports, field trips and athletics. [Read more…]