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April 18, 1995
In the discussion over whether Carroll County's school bus routes should be put out to bid, only one question need be asked: Should the Board of Education continue the existing system or adopt a more cost-effective procedure that could save hundreds of thousands of dollars?How can the answer be anything but the latter?The opposition against introducing competitively bid school bus routes is ironic in light of the general recognition on both sides of the political aisle that all levels of government should undertake their tasks in a more businesslike manner.
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Letter to The Aegis | July 3, 2013
Editor: The following is the statement of the Harford County School Bus Contractors Association regarding the budget approved by the Harford County Board of Education on June 10: Like a great many of our fellow county residents, the members of the Harford County School Bus Contractors Association (HCSBCA) were dismayed to see the severe budget cuts made by the Harford County School Board at their June 10 meeting. We certainly acknowledge the incredibly difficult position of the school board in being faced with the need to close the gap between the budget they had approved earlier in the year and one they actually had enough money to fund.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 24, 2004
Baltimore school bus contractors, angered over reduced and delayed payments, threatened last night to pull their buses out of service, and one contractor said his buses would not be running today. If all the bus contractors follow suit, about 3,500 students could be without transportation this morning. "We're not running" today, said Joseph Gladney of Gladney Transportation when contacted last night after a meeting of the contractors. The call to pull the buses off the road followed a decision by Carlton G. Epps Sr., the school system's chief operating officer, not to comply with a demand by the bus contractors for a meeting.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 24, 2004
Baltimore school bus contractors, angered over reduced and delayed payments, threatened last night to pull their buses out of service, and one contractor said his buses would not be running today. If all the bus contractors follow suit, about 3,500 students could be without transportation this morning. "We're not running" today, said Joseph Gladney of Gladney Transportation when contacted last night after a meeting of the contractors. The call to pull the buses off the road followed a decision by Carlton G. Epps Sr., the school system's chief operating officer, not to comply with a demand by the bus contractors for a meeting.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1997
A pattern of mismanagement and nearly nonexistent oversight by Baltimore's public schools has allowed bus contractors to overcharge the city thousands of dollars for transportation of special education children, according to a city audit report.The report showed that the school system overpaid by more than $133,000 during the 1995-1996 year. But the amount overpaid was likely much more, since the audit covered less than half of the bus contracts."There is a potential for additional amounts," said Beverly L. Everson-Jones, an auditor in the city comptroller's office.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2002
Saying they've been "nitpicked" by state inspectors, several of Baltimore's school bus contractors insisted to motor vehicle officials yesterday that city buses are not as problem-filled as inspection records show, and that clearer guidelines are needed. Yesterday's meeting at a city schools office building in Northeast Baltimore occurred amid growing concerns that many city bus contractors are driving potentially unsafe buses. A recent review of state safety records by The Sun showed that city buses are more than twice as likely to have major defects as buses in area counties.
NEWS
August 4, 1991
Name: Irene B. JohnsonHonored by The Carroll County Sun for: Receiving the Golden Merit Award from the National School TransportationAssociation for excellence of service, safety program and community responsibilityAge: 54Residence; hometown: Smallwood; GamberEducation: Licensed Practical Nursing Program from Springfield Hospital, SykesvilleFamily: Husband: Thomas H. Johnson Sr., 58, retired from Springfield Hospital as a nurse; daughters: JoAnn Sersland, 32,...
NEWS
June 2, 1991
Ginger L. Linden has been appointed controller for Columbia-based Riemer Muegge & Associates.Linden has over 16 years experience in business management and corporate accounting with related constructionand consulting businesses.DRIVERS SUPPORT TESTINGBarbara Ely of Ellicott City, Ed Mullinix of Fulton, and Barbara Reger of Sykesville recently attended the annual meeting of the Maryland School Bus Contractors in Garrett County.The contractors group supports drug testing of all school bus drivers.
NEWS
April 28, 1991
County school bus contractors gained some ground with a new policy that will govern their relationship with the school board but failed to win the right to participate in hearings for bus drivers accused ofmisconduct.The policy adopted by the school board Thursday callsfor school officials to investigate allegations. Drivers found guilty of misconduct can be reprimanded, suspended or have their school system approval withdrawn, which would bar them from driving for any Howard County school bus contractor.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | October 11, 1996
As a cost-saving move, Anne Arundel County public schools will switch from negotiating contracts for school bus service to seeking competitive bids.The change will be phased in over 12 years beginning July 1, 1998, school business services director Robert Leib said yesterday."
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By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Walter F. Roche Jr.,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2003
The Baltimore public school system is paying for costly daily taxi rides for about 175 children who should be taking buses but can't because the system hasn't been able to arrange service. School officials can't provide details of the added cost nor say when they might fix the problem, which has persisted four weeks into the new school year. Officials blame the problem on a lack of drivers and buses. But bus contractors dispute that, saying they could have provided vehicles and drivers if the system had informed them sooner of its needs.
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By Karen Brandon and Karen Brandon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 18, 2003
ENCINITAS, Calif. - The yellow school bus is emerging as a casualty of budget crises in states and school districts across the nation. Cash-strapped districts throughout California are likely to eliminate bus service to neighborhood schools next year, and several states and districts, including some in Illinois, are taking similar steps to cut school bus routes. Ana Rebollo and Blanca Fitz, standing with their elementary school-age daughters at a bus stop in Encinitas, north of San Diego, wondered how their children and others in the neighborhood will get to and from school next year, when the school bus no longer is an option.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2002
Saying they've been "nitpicked" by state inspectors, several of Baltimore's school bus contractors insisted to motor vehicle officials yesterday that city buses are not as problem-filled as inspection records show, and that clearer guidelines are needed. Yesterday's meeting at a city schools office building in Northeast Baltimore occurred amid growing concerns that many city bus contractors are driving potentially unsafe buses. A recent review of state safety records by The Sun showed that city buses are more than twice as likely to have major defects as buses in area counties.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | July 14, 1999
A Sykesville man, who is a special-education school bus contractor for Howard County public schools, and his 28-year-old stepson were jailed on drug charges yesterday, after the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force raided their home Monday night, state police at Westminster said.John Franklin Horton, 64, of the 1000 block of Fannie Dorsey Road and Roy John Patterson, 28, who was living at the home, were being held at the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday on $15,000 bail each on charges including manufacturing and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and crack cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
NEWS
By MIKE BURNS | March 15, 1998
SCHOOL BUSES are arguably safer than any other form of vehicular transportation. They have all manner of flashing lights and stop signs aboard, and a distinctive yellow coat that virtually shouts out "Caution. Children."Given a choice, most parents would prefer that their children get on the bus rather than walk to and from school. They'd also prefer the bus to ferrying them in a private car.But that preference for school buses may seem strange in some ways. School buses don't have seat belts for the young occupants, even though it's a legal requirement for private motor vehicles in Maryland.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1998
A group of Anne Arundel County school bus contractors has failed to persuade a judge to block the start of competitive bidding for regular bus routes, but Friday's courthouse confrontation may be the start of a war over transporting children to school.Lawyers for the drivers vowed to return to court Feb. 12 for a second try at an injunction, this to block the school board from awarding the contracts after it opens the bids.The board could award the contracts for the coming school year as early as Feb. 18.Around the state, school transportation systems are in tremendous flux, as local school boards look to hold down costs, provide more service and meet new safety and other regulations, said Winship Wheatley III, Anne Arundel's transportation director.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | February 25, 1994
The Carroll County school board approved a budget request of $131.4 million last night, after adding money for kindergarten assistants, bus contractors and other items.As with the two public hearings last week, last night's meeting at Friendship Valley Elementary School in Westminster drew people who asked for more in the budget instead of less.The board added $386,020 to last month's original request by administrators after hearing comments from parents, bus contractors and staff at two public hearings last week.
NEWS
April 27, 1995
The debate over how much government should be involved in subsidizing private enterprise doesn't begin or end in Howard County. But it is gratifying to see the county school system reject attempts to cajole it into continuing an arrangement that seems designed more to protect small bus contractors than to achieve sound fiscal management.School officials' decision to phase out a system of paying contractors based on a formula of the contractors' costs in favor of taking bids for specific routes is a move toward common sense.
NEWS
August 10, 1997
DURING THE legal debate over whether Baltimore's schools performed miserably because they were inadequately funded, it was shown again and again that mismanagement also played an important role in the failure of many schools.Examples of academic and fiscal irresponsibility continue to crop up, the latest being a report from Comptroller Joan M. Pratt that shows the school system was grossly overcharged for student bus service provided by private firms. No small item, the system spends $16 million a year for bus service along 350 routes.
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