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Board Meeting Questions & Answers » Board of Education Questions and Answers 2019-2020

Board of Education Questions and Answers 2019-2020

October 7, 2019
Public comments this week largely centered around a Policy Committee review of Policies 2431 and 9270 regarding Athletics and Homeschooling, and whether current policy should be revised to allow homeschooled children to participate in athletics and extra-curricular activities.


Policy Committee Chair, Cori Haase, read the Policy Committee minutes that include an explanation of the committee's deliberations and decision to make no changes to the current policy.



September 9, 2019
Comments this week included transportation, some noting concern about the issues with the few routes, while also thanking Transportation Supervisor, Mr. Tom Lauton, for his communication and commitment to improving the situation.


Business Administrator, Cheryl Schneider, addressed transportation and the start of school in her report:

  • We had a relatively smooth opening in the area of transportation this year for the majority of our bus routes. We did have issues with two buses that serviced the bus routes for High School 3, Middle School 15 and Washington 5 & 6. Hopefully, with the success of Friday’s and today’s operations for these routes, the issues of last week are behind us. But I did want to take a moment to answer some questions about busing company decisions. Like all purchasing done by the School District, we are required to follow the NJ Purchasing laws. Pursuant to these laws, we were required to bid out these routes, which was handled for us through Sussex Cooperative last April. Durham School Services was the low bidder for these routes. The NJ purchasing laws require us to accept the lowest bid.


  • The transportation contracts do contain fines for lack of performance of the terms of the agreement. These fines were issued immediately last week and at the same time, Sussex Cooperative began the process of getting a replacement company, should we need it. Hopefully, the past two transportation days are indicative of the service we will be receiving going forward. Thank you to Mr. Lauton and his staff for working so closely with the Durham drivers to help them with the routes and to Mr. Lauton for his continued communication with parents throughout the week.


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