Danville school board approves 3-year extension for bus service

DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Wednesday approved retaining First Student Transportation as the district's bus service provider for the next three years.

Under a contract, which would run from fiscal year 2014 through 2016, the district will pay the company about $2.92 million for the first year of service, a 17 percent increase over the current amount of about $2.59 million.

The district will pay about $3.02 million the second year, a 3 percent increase, and about $3.13 million the third year, also a 3 percent increase.

The contract includes provisions allowing for two one-year extensions.

The district received bids from Cook-Illinois, Durham and Illinois Central School Bus. Business and finance director Heather McKiernan said that a committee of administrators and a board member reviewed all of the bids and determined that First Student, the current provider, was the lowest responsible bidder.

She added that the committee was able to improve contract guidelines.

Also at the meeting, the board approved buying a portable press box for the Danville High School track complex.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the equipment is being paid for with a gift from an anonymous donor who is a graduate of Danville High. He said the donor's identity will be revealed later, probably this spring.

Board members approved buying the unit from Aluminum Athletic Equipment Co. of Royersford, Pa., for $13,495. The company provided the only bid.

The unit, which will come assembled and ready to use upon delivery, will have a canopy, removable weather screens, a scorer's bench, welded aluminum sides, an aluminum ladder, 16-inch heavy duty cast iron swivel wheels with locking breaks and a hitch for towing. The school's name will appear on the front.

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