RFP dropped by Methacton. The RFP is for reputable and qualified bus transportation companies for furnishing student transportation services. Or, if you don't talk in corporate-speak 24/7, they're looking to outsource the transportation.
This is getting ridiculous.
I was around the last time MSD outsourced a school program when they canned the lunch workers for Aramark, mostly because the lunch program cost the district $300,000 per year, and nobody on that board had the stomach (pun!) to get their hands dirty and fix it. They would rather bring in an outside source and have them deal with it. Which is akin to calling somebody to my house every time I burn out a light bulb.
Should anyone be surprised? You know, at the same Board that didn't even work on the budget? It was all Mr. Whiteleather (which, at that point, he was still very new) and Dr. Miller (who will be gone come October), while the Board just showed up and raised their hands to vote for the budget.
What this says to me is that this Board refuses to actually manage the District, which is their job. The Board whines and complains about all the money they don't have, while in the same meeting, they're worried about getting a shiny artificial turf field which will cost $4,500,000 at least. But, you know, managing the budget is so damn hard, it's much easier to raise the tax rate and spend the new money coming in then stopping the bleeding.
A cynic on the outside looking in would say this is an attempt to break up the Teamsters Union. They already took out the lunch staff (I can't call them lunch ladies because I actually had a guy serve me the last year before Aramark), and if they take out the bus drivers, all they have left are the janitors/groundscrew (they're the same group), and guess what--they can be outsourced, too! Happy days!
I'm drawing the line right now: if the Board refuses to manage their district, then they need to resign. They don't want to do their job? They can find another one elsewhere, since the pay rate is so low.
Note: I didn't find a spot to put this in the general post, but if you look at last months agenda, there was no Board vote for putting out an RFP. Yes, there needs to be one. So unless the Board voted in Executive Session, which is illegal, someone on the Board or in Farina is acting in lieu of Board approval. I'm not going to point any fingers, but as of late, Dr. Miller has been playing fast and loose when it comes to items such as this. If it is Dr. Miller, even if he is leaving in October, he has no right to do this, and should be punished accordingly. If it is a Board member, than ditto.
There is a certain procedure the district is required to follow for things such as this, and the Board, or members of the district, like to forget. It seems to me that the Board President, and the other eight, have no problem letting this happen, since the Board keeps allowing it to happen. If that is the case, then we need a change on that Board, fast.