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Baldwin school district to hear bus service proposal

I emailed Ms. Jones and this is her reply...:

They weren't. I was gone last week and someone posted an updated story
on the bus issue as new. The comments stayed with the old story.

On Jun 13, 2012, at 6:52 AM, xxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxxx wrote:

> Why were all the comments and discussion posts removed from this
> story?
> "Baldwin school district to hear bus service proposal"

Hmmmmm..... this story is dated June 6..... I believe this is the original story. Yet, all the comments and discussion has been removed. I don't see how her answer fits the inquiry...

June 13, 2012 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin school district to hear bus service proposal

What he said....??? Why are all the entries gone?

June 13, 2012 at 6:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Company pitches contract bus service to Baldwin USD 348 board

1776attorney, you are spot-on.....

I would add that the bus service should not be under the superintendent's supervision. Instead, the bus service should retain separate management and communicate directly with the school board. Issues like equipment replacement needs should be communicated directly to the board and not filtered through the superintendent's agenda. This is critical to operating a cost effective service that is governed by budget projections.

An additional note..... the age of the bus fleet is not the finite benchmark of the services performance. A much broader evaluation is needed to make the correct assessment. A professional in fleet management can analyze cost and payback parameters to determine if the equipment needs to be replaced. Safety, reliability, and serviceability are not necessarily exclusive to "new".

June 6, 2012 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Company pitches contract bus service to Baldwin USD 348 board


I did a study of "privatization" of public services a few years back and this is what I found;
> Companies low-ball their initial proposals to get their foot in the door.
> The most common reason the subject of "privatization" is backed by commissions and boards, is, personnel or mis-management issues they don't want to deal with. It is all about people... current employees of the service suffer the most in terms of loss... especially those that are innocent of contributing to operational problems.
> Within a very short time, the privatization becomes more costly. The company providing the service will be back before the board requesting price increases with all sorts of justifications. Virtually all the services I researched, became significantly more costly within 5 yrs. of privatizing. ...above and beyond inflation....
> Once the service is "privatized", It almost never gets reversed. Once adopted, the taxpayer is shackled to continual price increases regardless of legitimacy. Boards and commissions will not re-invest in the capitol needed to assume management of the service again. This becomes very significant if the privatization company becomes insolvent or goes out of business.

Bottom line.... If a private company can operate a service for profit, government agencies should be able to provide equal or better service for lower cost.

I don't know what is going on that is the basis for considering privatizing the bus service for the Baldwin School District. But, privatizing the service is not the answer. Getting the correct management of the service in place in place is the answer. Employing 1 person with experience and the skills necessary to manage the service is all that is needed. I don't know that they already don't have that person in place... just sayin'. Superintendents should not be the manager of the service. Boards and commissions should resist the temptation to micro-manage services and employ managers with the talent and resolve to do the right thing. The Boards and commissions set the rules, boundaries, and goals.... leave the operation up to those people with the skills and knowledge... if the rules, boundaries, and goals are not being met, change 1 person, not the whole service.

Contact your board members and encourage them to decline the offer and fix problems themselves. It will save you money.

June 6, 2012 at 7:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )