September 05, 2013Transportation bids for Grosse Pointe North and South high school athletics teams and the district's students with special needs were approved Monday, Aug. 26, at the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education's regular meeting, with Trinity Transportation winning both bids.
Trinity has provided the district's bus services the past four years.
"I contacted our athletic directors; they have fully endorsed Trinity," said Chris Fenton, deputy superintendent of business affairs. "Besides the price, they've been satisfied with their services."
Projected cost for athletics transportation is $96,565, calculated from last year's total trips, which included 215 one-way trips and 235 two-way trips. Trinity charges $89 for one way and $178 for two way, with an additional hourly rate of $44.50.
"It's based on the number of tournaments that we get into and other activities," Fenton said
In regard to special education, the district provides transportation to students with special needs whose individualized education plans request it. According to Fenton, about 135 to 150 students per year require transportation, totalling about 16 routes.
Routes are determined by number of students, location to school and a desire to limit students' travel times.
Estimated cost to the district for special education transportation is $268,000, as the state reimburses the district 70 percent of its $892,619 in transportation costs related to students with special needs.
Like athletics, a survey on Trinity's service for students with special needs the past few years also yielded positive results.
"We conducted a survey, with the help of (community relations specialist) Mrs. (Rebecca) Fannon in regards to the transportation services provided to students with special needs, and that has resulted in a positive outcome," said Tom Harwood, superintendent.
Fenton said the district contacted two other companies, ServiCar of Michigan and Safeway. Only ServiCar chose to bid, though its projected prices were about $40,000 and $300,000 more than Trinity for athletics and special education, respectively.
Both contracts are for three years.
The board also approved updates and revisions to existing policies 6320, purchasing, and 7542, access to district technology resources from personal communication devices. Policy 6320 relates to the district's purchasing process and federal grant procurements, while 7542 permits anyone with a personal communication device to use the district's wireless network services, as long as it's for school-related business.
"Both of these are recommended by NEOLA, both of these were unanimously recommended by the policy committee," said Dan Roeske, committee chair and board vice president.