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Central Regional Looking At All Options For Bus Fleet, Including Privatization

by Patricia A. Miller

Central Regional Board of Education members recently agreed to go out to bid for in-district bus routes, Business Administrator Kevin O'Shea said.

"We have been looking at the costs and thought it would be prudent to look at every option available," he said.

District officials have had some preliminary meetings with a company that could outsource labor costs while allowing Central to maintain its bus fleet, O'Shea said.

"At this point, we are looking at all options," he said. "When the bids come in, we will have a better idea of which way we want to go with it."

Central Regional is still in negotiations with the bus drivers' union, Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides said.

"We need information on how much it would cost to privatize and the cost from other districts to be able to negotiate a fair deal for drivers and taxpayers," he said.

The news has drawn an angry response from the Central Regional Bus Drivers Association. The union has a petition circulating online here asking that the district stay with in-district drivers.

"We the Undersigned urge the Central Regional BOE to keep the Transportation Employees, reversing its decision to bid for out-of district transportation to bargain with the Bus Drivers in good faith," the petition reads.

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bill April 20, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Where is Gingrich in all this , she used the bus drivers last year to blame Fran Siddons for something she had nothing to do with. She used you bus drivers to get a seat on the council . I am sure it was her husband Brian's idea. We all know how he runs the HOA a disaster for all the home owners.Look at it this way they are now getting $8,000 a year nice money for people who do nothing but degrade honest people.
bill April 20, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Remember Byrne's and the Mayor was also in step with Ginrhich. Why because she will consign anything they put up for vote. Jim Byrne's has a lot to hide from his past, someone should ask him at the next town meeting.
Dawn Parks April 20, 2014 at 08:16 PM
THIS IS HOW IT GOES. TWO YEARS AGO WHEN BERKELEY BOARD AND CENTRAL BOARD SAT DOWN ABOUT MERGING THE BUSES. THERE WERE TWO MEN AGAINEST IT. JIM BYRNES AND JOHN BACCHIONE. OUR NOW TOWN COUCIL PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT. I THINK AS A TOWN THAT WE REALLY NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE BENEFIT OF THE TAXPAYER AND NOT THERE OWN POCKETS. WE COULD OF SAVED JOBS WITH BOTH DISTRICTS MERGING. HOW ABOUT 3.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX PAYERS MONEY?? I KNOW I'M A TAX PAYER AND I WOULD OF LOVED TO SAVE MONEY!!!
bill April 21, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Dawn realize Byrnes is really not the good guy many people think. Bacchione is another yes man . I have never went to a meeting that he ever questioned anything put up for a vote. He is there for his own personal gain. I am sure we will find out in the future what that is. At times he looks very uncomfortable when he is sitting at the table of seven. He knows that many things going on in the town is wrong but does not have the peoples best interest in mind, only his political bosses. They can make or break any one in the party and that is the facts what goes on in our township. Shame on him no BAL_ _ to do the right thing for the tax payers. I thought the last administration was bad . They are all using SANDY as an excuse and will continue for a long time. These people need to be voted out ASAP. We also need to get rid of people like Judy Noonan who is a perfect example . During the last administration she was a Democrat , when she new she would loose she turned to a Republican . Now who's interest does she have in mine. I guess she needs the $8,000 plus all the perks that come with it parties,free food , and favors. People I can go on and on but don't you see whats going on in your town.
Mac April 21, 2014 at 01:39 AM
everyone wants to be on the Gilmore daisy chain bill - there is no other status available in the Ocean County sandbox - take away the full time benefits from the part-time GOP windup dolls and you take away more of the party leader's control of a lifetime of unlimited corruption - then see what's left to reelect or move on to - of course, replacing the Norcross leapfrog squeegee as the Ocean County party leader would probably raise our bar for political candidates substantially also

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