Is it for the Adults or the Students?
Robbinsdale Area School (RAS) Board will be voting on two items on Monday, December 5, 2011.
Transportation: Administration has recommended reducing the transportation costs by $700,000, but continuing to use in-house employees. Yet, by fully using contracted bus services the savings is estimated to be $1,300,000, an additional savings of $600,000. The Bus Driver’s union talked at the listening session on 11-07-2011. Their handout showed that RAS pays on the top end of all in-house bus services in Minnesota. But, the Bus Driver’s union provided a number of horror stories of contract bus services in the past. RAS administration talked to three other school districts that use contract bus services regarding the quality & issues, and provided this information to the RAS Board members. There were no major issues and they were happy with the services.
RAS must save the maximum by fully using contracted bus services and re-investing that $1,300,000 back into the classroom to ATTACK to achievement gap in ALL our schools. It must be FIRST about the STUDENTS and not a jobs program!!
STEAM Magnet school: Administration has recommended opening a STEAM Magnet school at Olson location for a minimum one time costs of $2,200,000 with 10 years before those costs are repaid. These costs will have to be taken from other areas (operating and capital). If RAS re-opens Olson, they MUST SELL Pilgrim Lane school that is no long needed by the District.
Please call or email RAS Board with your thoughts.