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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339





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 program.”

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.

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