Following through with a promise to hire a new bus service provider after a string of student and parent complaints about the current provider, District 200 is looking to hire a new bus company.
Chicago-based R&D Company has provided regular ed buses to the district since 2005, but the district has fired the firm after buses showed up late and also failed to pick up students at designated spots, among other complaints.
The district will look to hire First Student bus service at an annual cost of about $278,000. It’s a three-year contract, but the school can renew it annually based on performance, said Tod Altenburg, D200’s chief financial officer.
R&D’s current three-year contract ended in June, with the district opting not to renew it.
First Student is headquartered in Cincinnati and also provides buses for special needs and early childhood students. D200’s special needs buses are currently provided by Grand Prairie Transit, a subsidiary of transportation company Cook-Illinois Corporation. Grand Prairie is currently providing regular ed bus service for D200 until a new provider is hired, according to Altenburg.
The D200 Finance Committee discussed the hiring of First Student at their Sept. 16 meeting. The full board meets on Sept. 23.