During Monday night’s brief session, the Sedalia School Board approved a bid from First Student for transportation services for the 2011-2012 school year as well as approving salary schedules for the 2011- 2012 school year.
“I am recommending First Student. They have been with us for 30 years,” Board member Brad Pollitt said.
The contract for the first year of services stands at $895,572.84 with the second year showing an three percent increase to $922,440.03.
This increase is something Brad Pollitt hopes to work on with First Student.
“That second year, that is something I want to talk to First Student about,” Pollitt said.
Board member Jeff Redford made a motion to accept the bid with the exception that the board allow Brad Pollitt to negotiate the second year of the contract with First Student.
The original bids for transportation services was scrapped at the March 14 meeting due to large discrepancies between the specs of the bids. One major concern was the lack of a maintenance and bus housing facilities and meeting space for bus personnel.
Director of First Student Connie Miller informed the board that First Student was looking into 3.3 acres of property at 515 N. Park for a possible location of the new facilities, though nothing is set in stone as of yet.
During the Monday’s session, the board also approved the salary schedules of school staff for the 2011-2012 school year.
The salary schedule added a longevity step for support staff, extra duty, certified staff and administrators.
The support staff salary schedule also changed the number of hours and days to reflect the new shorter school year for 2011-2012. The school year length recently changed from 174 days to 169 days.
The board also announced that they would be attending the 2011 Missouri School Board Association Spring Regional Meeting on April 21 in Carrolton.