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Brick School Bus Drivers Expected to Protest Layoffs At BOE Meeting Thursday

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A sign opposes a plan to cut 31 full-time bus driver positions in Brick. (Supplied Photo)
A sign opposes a plan to cut 31 full-time bus driver positions in Brick. (Supplied Photo)

Brick school bus drivers are expected to protest the proposed elimination of 31 full-time driver positions at a Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday night.

Drivers have been posting signs in certain areas of the township and circulating literature asking for support over the past week, as the school district waits on a decision from the state Civil Service Commission on whether their plan to shed full-time driver positions and replace them with part-time and contracted drivers is approved.

Last month, school officials said that bus runs to private schools could be contracted out to the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission and other efficiencies would be considered for Brick’s public school students. The debate over the drivers centers not on salaries, but the cost of health benefits, Shorebeat has learned. Earlier this year, the district left the state health insurance plan due to mounting costs, as the premium on a family health plan rose to approximately $30,000 per year, per family. That expensive plan was the most popular plan among employees, officials said at the time. The district ultimately chose to purchase insurance for its employees directly from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, though the premiums remained higher than they were in years past. Part-time bus drivers would not be eligible for health care coverage under the law.

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Bus drivers (none of whom wished to be directly quoted) have confidentially told Shorebeat over the past week that they are concerned not only over losing the positions, but having to deal with longer bus runs next year if the plan goes through.

Brick has budgeted $8,048,580 for transportation services for next school year, a reduction of $437,659 from the 2014-15 school year. Two years ago, Brick spent even more on transportation, $8,669,599, budget documents show.

Bus drivers are expected to protest the layoff plan, which is the subject of a grievance filed by the Transport Workers Union, at Thursday’s meeting. A flyer distributed around town over the past week asked for support from the public, urging members of the community to oppose “strangers” driving their children to school. Another sign pleaded to “Save Our Bus Drivers” and was accompanied by the slogan, “Safety, Quality, Community.”

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Brick Township High School.


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  • ThereRnoFiscalConservatives

    Maybe if there wasn’t 10 assistant principles, and assistants to the assistant and assistants to the assistants assistants and administrators and assistants for the administrators……………………………………there would be enough money to NOT
    inconvenience parents.
    Not to mention maybe save some tax dollars.

    CUT THE FAT………….
    KEEP THE DRIVERS.

    • grammy

      Check out board agenda to verify the high salaries of those administrators.

    • JJones

      Its not about the kids anymore …its about how much can a administrator make and can I work long enough to cushion my pension ..

  • Beach N8iv

    STRIKE! It’s really the only way to get their attention.

    • JJones

      tax payers would love that..drive your kids to school for a week ..and see where the votes go….

    • There was a massive “call-out” today. Dozens of drivers called in sick. Now kids are stuck at school waiting for buses to run double routes.

  • Louise Garibaldi

    Fewer bus drivers, with less experience, and lower qualifcations. Hmmm, does that mean that the routes will be LONGER ? Making my kindergartener sit on the bus for a 45 minute run ? OR will it mean that those part time bus drivers will now have to rush through longer routes to make it to school on time ? Either my baby sits on the bus for an extra hour and a half a day, or I have huge busses speeding through my neighborhood… GREAT. I agree, CUT THE FAT, KEEP THE DRIVERS. The CRAZY $170,000 salary for DR. Theft-of-Services should cover the cost of benefits for our bus drivers,,, tap into THAT !

  • All these articles today about the bus drivers it’s interesting there isn’t a peep about the 12% pay cut the board handed down to the substitute teachers. The substitute teachers make much less than the bus drivers to begin with and they actually spend classroom time with our children. This will lead to no subs for absent teachers and our kids having instructional disruptions.