On Tuesday evening at its regular meeting, the Brooklyn Board of Education approved a one-year contract with Parma City Schools for shared services of transportation. This agreement means that Parma City Schools will be providing the bussing transportation for Brooklyn students in the 2018-2019 school year. Parma City Schools Board of Education approved the agreement at its April 12 Board of Education Meeting.
“This contract has been the culmination of a great deal of work between Brooklyn and Parma Schools,” Dr. Mark Gleichauf, Brooklyn Superintendent said.
The shared services contract is for one year, but is renewable for subsequent years based on favorable reviews by both districts. Gleichauf indicated that Brooklyn was pursuing this contract for a variety of reasons.
“The Brooklyn bus fleet is very old and has great mileage. Repair costs are increasing, and with the failure of our permanent improvement levy last year, the District is unable to purchase new buses,” Gleichauf said.
The State of Ohio rates each school district’s bus efficiency and Brooklyn’s latest rating was 0.2, which is one of the lowest in the state. “This rating is based on the low ridership in large buses. We are not very efficient in our student transportation.”
Gleichauf shared that Brooklyn provides state minimum transportation, so it only has responsibility for bussing special education students and high school students who attend Polaris Career Center.
“Student safety and job protection for our current transportation employees were also important. Parma’s newer bus fleet was attractive to us. Additionally any Brooklyn bus driver and bus aide would be offered a like position in Parma City Schools.”
The contract begins on July 1, 2018 and extends through June 30, 2019. Gleichauf indicated that it would not look much different for current Brooklyn students transported by busses, except for the name on the side of the bus. Parma City Schools would also handle Brooklyn’s athletic and extra-curricular field trip transportation.