Hudson will pay to keep hired buses ready

HUDSON—The Hudson City School District (HCSD) Board of Education at their December 1 meeting agreed to amend a transportation contract in order to ensure that school buses will resume service as soon as school resumes after a closure. Once both the district and the transportation company sign an addendum to the contract, they will send it to state for approval, HCSD Business Administrator Jesse Boehme said after the meeting.

The amendment was necessary because, as Mr. Boehme reported in an earlier meeting, one of the major bus companies the HCSD deals with told him that it might need 30 days notice to resume serving the HCSD after a shutdown. For one thing, the company would have to line up drivers.

“The transportation needs of the district may vary throughout the 2020-2021 school year, and therefore the original purpose of the Contract may be unable to be fulfilled,” says the resolution adopting the bus service contract addendum. The parties involved seek “to ensure bus transportation services are provided,” while avoiding a potential default by the bus company and potential litigation.

The addendum specifies that if the district schools are closed or relying on remote learning, the transportation company agrees to “take all measures” necessary to resume full service “immediately upon any reopening.”

In return, the District agrees that if the schools are closed or on remote learning the district shall pay the transportation company] 100% of the daily run cost for the first 10 school days of closure, 60% per school day on days 11 through 20, and 40% on days “21 forward.”

The HCSD wrote the addendum in consultation with other districts’ and lawyers, Mr. Boehme said.

Also at the meeting, the board appointed Christopher Gilhooly and Jessica Weigelt as substance abuse designees, to direct students, staff members and parents who come to them with substance abuse issues to the appropriate outside services. Mr. Gilhooly is a social worker at Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools; Ms. Weigelt is a nurse at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School.

‘The transportation needs of the district may vary throughout the… school year.’

Board of Ed resolution

Hudson City School District

By state mandate, the district must put up posters in its buildings advising people with substance abuse questions and concerns to contact one of the specified substance abuse designees. The appointments are in addition to other programs the district has that are related to substance abuse, said Kim Lybolt, director of student services.

The next meeting of the HCSD Board of Education will take place Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 pm at the Hudson High School auditorium. It will start with a High School curriculum workshop. The regular meeting will follow.

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