23 Nov Framingham Public Schools Hosting Transportation Forum
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools announced today, November 22, it is hosting an important community event with Durham School Services, the District’s bus vendor in December.
Last week, parents started a petition to fire the Transportation Director for the public school district.
The public school district has had issues with Durham, which has a contract with the school district. Frequently some students are getting to school late and being picked up late at the school to go home.
In 2016, Durham School Services was awarded a new, $29 million 5-year contract in 2016 for bus services for Framingham Public Schools. The contract ends in 2021.
In 2011, the Framingham School Committee, and then Town Meeting, voted to lay off 69 bus drivers, who were employed by Framingham, and go outside the district for transportation services. The first bus contract was awarded to Durham, and then the second contract was awarded to Durham.
In Framingham, students in grades K-6 ride the bus for free, if they live 2 miles or more from their school.
More than 6,000 of the 9,000 students in the district use the buses.
If they live closer than 2 miles, parents may purchase a bus pass at $250 per child for the school year, if a space is available on that bus route.
Buses are not free for students in grades 7-12. Parents must purchase a bus pass at $250. There is a family cap of $500.
Students on free or reduced lunch can apply for full or partial waivers
The transportation forum will provide information to the public on busing challenges and solicit public input on transportation solutions.
The event will be held on Wednesday, Dec 4 at 6 p.m. at Fuller Middle School.
Hosting the event will be Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay and Executive Director Lincoln Lynch IV