Since Rocky Point School District , the company that has been under contract with the district, have been voicing their displeasure and concern over possible jobs lost.
At Monday's Board of Education meeting, workers helped pack the cafeteria in the and gave empassioned speeches while donning their First Student uniforms. The workers emphasized the fact that the majority of them are local, living in either Rocky Point or surrounding areas, and that the effect these lost jobs would have could be critical.
"We are residents of Rocky Point and unlike more affluent surrounding areas we make up a large part of this community," said Valerie Whitworth, a bus driver and resident. "Rocky Point, unlike other districts, has had less trouble passing its school budgets in no small part due to our votes."
In her speech, Whitworth emphasized that close to 100 people could lose their jobs and many would not be hired by the new company, which would have a profound impact on the area.
"For a small town we rely and depend on each other," she said. "Rocky Point may never recover from this loss and we think this decision is more important to this town than anyone may realize."
Many parents and even students made their support for First Student clear by discussing the safety and comfort they feel with these bus drivers.
"A lot of these First Student bus drivers are parents in the community, and some of their children are our friends," said Christian Cabrera, a student at . "It would be sad to see these great people over here lose their jobs."
With the bidding open, the district is required by law to reward the bid to the "lowest responsible bidder."
"Responsible is the key word and you can define that by the specs," Superintendent Michael Ring said. "We spend a lot of time going through all of those items for each of the bidders to determine if they all do meet the criteria of a responsible bidder. If they do not meet the criteria they are not considered."
Ring said that the bid should be awarded at either the April or May Board of Education meeting.