NANTICOKE — The Greater Nanticoke Area School Board met Monday evening to discuss bids for the district’s bus service for the upcoming school year and wound up awarding the contract to a longtime provider, White Transit.
Keystone Bus Service withdrew its bid proposal during the meeting. A representative for Keystone stated it would not be fair for the parties involved, and the company did not feel it would be in a position to effectively take over the district’sl transportation program with less than 3 1/2 weeks before the beginning of the new school year.
The representative added Keystone and the district have been in discussion since May 17, and the matter could have been resolved at an earlier date.
White Transit, which has served the district for the past 25 years, was the remaining bidder. After a lengthy conference, White Transit and the board came to an agreement.
The board approved White’s five-year contract at the cost of $1,115,977 for the first year, followed by a 3 percent annual increase for the remainder of the contract period.
Also, White will provide 10 new buses. The district will have to reimburse the company for any fuel over the cost of $4 per gallon. \
The existing cameras will remain on the buses, but any new cameras will have to be paid for by grants given to the school district.
Secretary Cindy Donlin said she took a survey of some of the surrounding school districts on their satisfaction with their transportation company on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest score. In her findings, none of the companies received a score greater than 7.
Donlin took the same survey with families in the GNA District, and 7 was the lowest score given to White Transit, by any of the participants.