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Hannover region approves bus contracts and accepts resignation of commercial director

HANNOVER TWP. — In a meeting held in the high school auditorium but with board members participating via Zoom, their images projected on a screen, the Hanover Area School Board arranged summer transportation for students and approved a contract of eight years with a new bus company for school transportation of the year.

As tables, chairs and even nameplates were set up in the auditorium, the eight members who attended the meeting – Vic Kopko was absent – ​​participated remotely, leaving only attorney Jack Dean seated on stage. .

The agenda had only three items, two of which concerned transport contracts. The board voted to extend the contract with Churnetski Transportation through August 15, but at a slightly higher price. Churnetski will receive a 3% prorated increase from the contract he had during the school year and will receive an additional payment of $5,000 per month for up to three months.

After the meeting, Dean explained that the contract with Churnetski had expired and the company was getting out of the student transportation business, but the district needed bus service for the various summer programs offered for help compensate for any loss of learning or problems encountered by students. during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a large portion of classes being held remotely over the past year. The extra money was an incentive for Churnetski to agree to extend the contract for three months.

The board also approved an eight-year contract with White Transit “or its assignees” for ride services beginning next school year, with the “final language” of the deal to be negotiated by Dean. He said White Transit had been chosen to replace Churnetski and considerable effort had gone into choosing a company, resulting in several executive sessions through June. Sessions were held on June 3, 7, 14, 17, 22 and 28.

And the board of directors voted in favor of the resignation of chief commercial officer David Bulzoni. He was hired in March of this year. No explanation for his resignation was provided and Dean said he did not know the reason for his decision to leave.

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