Fort Plain transportation agreement with St.
Johnsville is a win for both districts
The Fort Plain Central School District
will generate more than $110,000 in revenue after agreeing to take
over transportation services for the St. Johnsville Central School
District. In late May, the boards from both districts approved the
contract, which runs from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
The new pact generates $23,111 for Fort Plain
for managing the transportation services, which includes dispatching
and routing all of St. Johnsville’s buses.
St. Johnsville will also pay Fort Plain for
vehicle inspections, occasional field trip and athletic team
transportation, and certain transportation runs. Two runs included
in the contract are expected to generate about $90,000 in payments
to Fort Plain.
The two districts currently share food
services – along with Canajoharie Central Schools – but this marks
the fourth year of shared transportation services. For three years,
Fort Plain maintained and repaired St. Johnsville’ four
transportation vehicles (three buses and one Suburban).
In addition to the actual wage rates charged,
this new agreement sets the following service rates for St.
Johnsville and Fort Plain:
$3.64 per mile for vehicle use;
An additional 30 percent of the employee’s
hourly rate for benefits and employment taxes;
And finally, 10 percent added to the
subtotal of each invoice for administrative expenses.
“This benefits Fort Plain because it generates
revenue,” said Fort Plain Superintendent Douglas C. Burton. “We also
have vehicles that wouldn’t be utilized all the time, and now we can
put them to use and it will generate money for the district. And it
benefits St. Johnsville, too, because we will oversee their whole
The move saves St. Johnsville about $50,000,
said Interim Superintendent Ralph Acquaro, because a private company
managed and coordinated transportation services for the 2011-12
school year. St. Johnsville will continue to use its own drivers,
vehicles and aides.
“This is what sharing services is all about,”
he said. “We are saving taxpayers’ money, while still serving kids.”
The contract also addresses student
discipline. If a St. Johnsville student has discipline referrals
related to his/her behavior while on a Fort Plain bus, St.
Johnsville administrators will address the misconduct in accordance
with the St. Johnsville student discipline code.