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Brick School District Plans to Cut 31 Full-Time Bus Drivers

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School Bus (File Photo/ Bill McChesney/Flickr)
School Bus (File Photo/ Bill McChesney/Flickr)

Shorebeat has learned that the union which represents the township school district’s bus drivers will hold an emergency meeting Friday to discuss a plan to lay off 31 drivers.

A letter from interim Superintendent Richard Caldes, obtained by Shorebeat, says a reduction of 31 school bus drivers is necessary for the 2015-16 school year. The necessity of the plan was determined during the 2015-16 school budget process “as well as an assessment of the Transportation Department’s overall structure and efficiencies,” Caldes’ letter said.

“The decision has not been an easy one but is necessary,” the letter went on the say. “Further communication will be sent when we receive word back from the NJ Civil Service Commission.”

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The school district has been engaged in negotiations with Transport Workers Union Local 225, the union which represents bus drivers and other non-teaching personnel, including maintenance workers, custodians and mechanics. Earlier this year, the Board of Education hired an attorney to replace board members John Talty in negotiations since Talty was recovering from heart surgery at the time. Talty later stepped down from his board seat.

A dispute between school bus drivers and the district’s administration has been simmering for at least the last month, sources said. It has been rumored that the district’s transportation plan, which has not yet been released to the public, calls for some of the full-time driver to be replaced by part-time staff. In April, district Business Administrator Jim Edwards said the administration was considering contracting out private school bus runs for the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission.

A source said bus drivers have been using large amounts of accrued sick time in recent months as a protest, leading to some service disruptions, and were planning on doing so again Friday.

The letter from Caldes did not specify how much money could potentially be saved through eliminating the positions, though it was widely speculated that the savings would likely come from reducing the number of health insurance policies the district needs to maintain since there would be fewer full-time employees to insure.

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A  letter indicating cuts to Brick school bus drivers. (Supplied Photo)
A letter indicating cuts to Brick school bus drivers. (Supplied Photo)

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  • Kelli

    Really? We get phone calls every single day that bus number so and so will be late. The buses can’t handle the work load now.

  • Chief Wahoo

    This what happens when you pay many over paid doing nothing public taking administrators…….but you do have to enjoy the show , when the public takers run out of other people’s money and then turn on each other…..that’s always my favorite part of the show !!!

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM

    • Frank Rizzo

      I agree with the government being over funded and over staffed, but these are not make work jobs. I will laugh just when and if we do ever collapse and see how you tough guys make out without any government or police, or EMS, or anything else that government provides us. Once again I do agree government is over funded and over staffed, but not on the grunt level which is who you are most likely to come into contact with as Joe Citizen.

    • jo jo ormaz

      They Just passed the School Budget, NO One talked about it ! cutting 31 drivers, tossing them to the curb was not even mention by no one.” I wonder what else they knew and did not say anything about ? it’s sad that Dr U. is in trouble, and you have “Two out standing School Board members leaving to run for council” wait, let’s think about that..? the school budget began last year and just passed this year.. so all those on board knew what was and is going to happen..? and who is running for Council? wow! “who knew and who flew”

  • WhiteyisFedup

    How about trim the the drop off pick up routes sure that can save some $$. Stupid I get caught behind these buses and they are picking kids up that live 2-3 houses away from the school. Or they pick up kids across the street then pull right into the school.. WTF!!

    • lunnaleanne lunardi

      some streets are considered no cross streets, usually due to traffic and high risks of people running the school bus lights. shacking as it may be there are people who do not stop for the red lights and stop arm of a school bus.

    • Karen

      We have a lot of “non-crossing” streets in this town for a valid reason,many do not stop for the reds of a bus!If we installed cameras on the exterior of the busses the revenue brought in from traffic fines would allow us to maintain a proper transportation department.Also,other townships use the side of their busses as advertising space,why not us?

  • Frank Rizzo

    By having these in house bus drivers our school kids benefit by having a stable workforce who know them, and the town, They also do a good job because they do not want to loose their job. When we go to the hourly sub contractor who pays their workforce 10.00 an hour..we will get just exactly what we pay for…crap.

    • jo jo ormaz

      Blame the school board, they knew about this months in advance and never talked about it.? “Conti,Panucci,Cantillo,Dr U all knew – and they flew !”

    • JJones

      The administration members receive these big six figures pay checks and its not enough there creedy selfish bastards crooks ..

  • Peggy Walsh Miskiel

    Rude awakening will happen if sub contracting happens.Once again people let’s look at the health and safety of our children. Take from the top not from the children. Our children and their safety are our top priority not the almighty dollar.

    • JJones

      The kids need reliable ,experiance bus drivers for safety and security..not some 10$ per hour driver who dont care …Arent our kids worth the experience drivers..god help the kids with the cheep who knows drivers…

  • JW

    Cut routes and make more kids walk to school. It’s healthier and these fatty video gamers could use some exercise! Except for when I went to Vets Middle, I lived close enough to walk. In spite of this, they always provided a bus for transportation to Lanes Mill Elementary and Brick Memorial. I usually walked and even today I walk even further most days to the Park and Ride. Why? It’s good for you and better for the environment to have fewer of these fuel guzzling pollution machines on the road.

    Check out what the Italians do- http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/world/europe/27bus.html?_r=0

    • Frank Rizzo

      Where are these uneeded routes….where do they originate from and where do they go to. What is the distance of these routes.

      • JW

        Most of the ones going through the state streets off Lanes Mill Rd en route to the HS or elementary schools- there’s a few right there. There’s even a sidewalk there now. The rest of town I don’t know. If they’re as generous with bus transit though, I suspect nobody is taking a 20 minute walk to school.

      • Frank Rizzo

        One side has a side walk, the other does not. How do we safely cross the kids from Lanes Mill School all the way to Herbertsville Rd. Should we put a school guard on every corner where a kid may cross…or just pay one bus driver to do it and then save the lawsuit when someone gets hit crossing the street. You are way too young to have an opinion on these issues, you have no life experience and no skinn in the game as your president Obama said in a speech.

      • JW

        Once again, you know nothing about me and I pay taxes so I can say whatever the hell I want. Some crotchety old fool suffering the onset of senility should probably be the one to go kick rocks. Your views are outdated and have no place in a civilized society. Go back to eating your Jello Archie.

        And for the record, you can walk across a street or down the Lanes Mill shoulder. I did that for many years before those sidewalks were installed.

      • Frank Rizzo

        So the big tolerant liberal thinks that all old people should be deleted from society because their views differ from his. We have no place in society…..yet you claim you are not a hater. You hate whites and elderly and do not want any opinion other than your own to be heard. You even have no sympathy for children who have to walk along busy roads where they can get hit by cars. Just what has been your contribution to society…..

      • JW

        Blah, blah, blah, blah- more nonsense from the resident white supremacist troll. Didn’t your cross burning tire you out last night? That’s usually a hoot for people like you.

  • Just saying

    Not a good idea Brick !! Take a look at Lakewoods budget millions in the hole year after year because of out sourcing and laying off drivers than selling off the busses !!

    • jo jo ormaz

      what’s that? they are going to out source to Lakewood Buss company? bring in their drivers for low wages ? say it isn’t so.? wonder who are on the school board that agreed to that?

  • jo jo ormaz

    Wow , they just passed the school budget and no one talked about it..?? I wonder what else they didn’t talk about?? I wonder “who knew – and who flew”…. before the news comes out. that’s 31 jobs lost, unemployed, people into foreclosure or lost their apartment’s in Brick. This is what happens when family and friends run a school board and now jumping to run off for council next

  • jo jo ormaz

    the problem is, it’s a “volunteer group” there’s no accountability as there is in local government as a Council member or Mayor. If the School Board was paid a flat salary[ no benefits], say $10,000.00 a year: you would have stronger sanctions, responsibilities and requirements attached to Accountability. When you accept a salary – you have to answer to every Tax Payer in Brick, every where you go. it’s that pressure for those 3-4yrs you have hear about it. instead of just blowing it off , because it’s volunteer . you leave all those questions and answers to board meeting in public. then you can hide away until the next meeting. I’m going to watch real close this year to this years election. who’s running, who’s close to who, who’s family with who, who’s connected to who with work, children, with long friendships. then I will know how I will vote. This is My Money that people are playing with, I am the Tax payer; like the many of you are out there. People with large incomes don’t have to worry, they have their money and can afford anything. It’s those who are retired on a fixed income or struggling are the ones who are concerned and will vote. People with big money are not paying my taxes, they are raising them! give me someone who’s working and struggling. That person will watch every dollar spent !! That’s the person I’m voting on next time, both council and school board.

    • JJones

      Jo Jo ..if your watching whos running and who has connections and that going to help make you pick your choices ??? Hummm both sides are connected in one position or another ….We need new blood to run ..and good luck with that happening ..To many puppets handlers controling the strings .