Rocky Point Rejects Transportation Bids, Extends With First Student

District decides to extend with First Student Transportation Company.

After the Rocky Point School District opened the bidding for transportation services in March, the contracted First Student Bus Company made its voice heard with and a .

On Wednesday, the district officially rejected the transportation bid and unanimously approved a resolution to extend the contract with First Student through 2015, with a district option to extend through 2017.

The contract extension results in a total annual savings of $677,000 over 10 monthly credits. The acceptance of the resolution resulted in a round of applause from those in attendance at Wednesday's meeting.

"We're pleased to be able to extend with First Student because of our long standing relationship," Superintendent Michael Ring said, "but priority one for the board was to bring the best contract to the taxpayers, and to the citizens parents and students. So, we're happy to have a contract that reduces the cost substantially to the taxpayers."

At the previous board meeting, First Student workers packed the cafeteria and emphasized the long-standing relationship with the district and knowledge many of the drivers, who are also local residents, have of the area.

At Wednesday's meeting, the board of education unanimously adopted the proposed 2012-13 school budget and property tax report card. Stay tuned to Patch for a full story on the adopted budget later in the day.

john doe April 22, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Nice work bringing up a poster that was found to be completely LEGAL. This is old news and you are trying to stir up trouble again. Nobody removes the poster when you come and go, but I am glad you think people fear you. HUM, SOUNDS LIKE MORE MISINFORMATION FROM SASHA
Alicia Palifka April 22, 2012 at 02:18 AM
@John Doe..Unreal..Nothing I have said is fabricated. How dare you suggest I am lying. What do I have to gain by that one? For the record I support the teachers and fought like heck to see to it the Bus Company did not over charge the School District because there would be a loss of teachers jobs and I for one did NOT want to see that happen. Nowhere did I say I had a problem with the teachers WEARING the pins.The issue was telling the children that if their parents don't vote YES than there will be no kindergarten. That is not ok. The children should NOT be put in the middle of a bidding war so to speak..I DO NOT want the loss of kindergarten NOT do I want to see the kindergarten teachers lose their jobs! You assume way to much without knowing any facts . I don't need to play detective "John Doe"..the facts are right out there. How I would love for it to be true that none of the teachers try to persuade the children in their political views.
Alicia Palifka April 22, 2012 at 02:29 AM
@John Doe..as for what is wrong with raising voter awareness..I hadn't realized 5-7 year olds were able to vote. Thanks for pointing that out. The more I think about it..you said "RP teachers are fully aware of the fact that you can not discuss politics or persuade in schools. " well..if that were the case than why does is the music room have a poster of our President with the words HOPE PROGRESS CHANGE. Why not have a picture of him in a suite..wearing the American Flag pin with the American flag in the back drop? Instead there is one that is a KNOWN campaign slogan along with the one world logo symbol..Let's not forget the COEXIST symbol hanging in the room that has all the religious symbols including Islam. If Christmas or Halloween (has to be harvest parade) cannot be mentioned those symbols are fine? Look..there is nothing wrong with encouraging people to always be kind to eachother no matter who they are. Involving the kids in this is wrong.
john doe April 22, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Sasha, your statement of the teachers telling children to tell their parents to vote Yes is completely inaccurate and I know this for a fact. Your carrying on in above emails about pins and voting songs speaks volumes as to your lack of support. The only person creating the notion that kids are being dragged in to this is you.
Alicia Palifka April 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Lastly on the subject...I have heard from far too many parents when the bus company contract was at stake during negotiations a few bus drivers told the children (middle school) that they may not have a ride to school if people didn't vote to keep them. Unreal.
Alicia Palifka April 22, 2012 at 02:34 AM
@Jpohn Doe..You are wrong! How would I or several other parents have any idea this was happening if the children didn't come home and tell their parents??? There is no way we would have had any idea of this. It's not just me Mr Doe. Alot of us got on the horn because we couldn't believe it and spoke to eachother to see what they eachother knew from other classrooms. So..You are wrong.
john doe April 22, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Apparently you know more about what is legal than the lawyers who looked into this poster last year. There is not one child who sees anything on that poster other than our president. Your attempt at making out as something else is pathetic, and clearly shows how strong your opinions our about our nation's President.
Alicia Palifka April 22, 2012 at 02:36 AM
@John Doe..Explain your facts????? Are you a 5-7 year old student?? And what possible agenda would the children have to come home and tell their parents this if it did not happen.????? They should not be used like this.
john doe April 22, 2012 at 02:38 AM
It is amazing that a parent of a child doesn't see the value in schools teaching perhaps the largest piece that guides our democracy.
Alicia Palifka April 22, 2012 at 02:39 AM
John Doe..You want to know how I feel about this President..None of your business..That doesn't matter at all here. Do I feel there should be a photograph of the sitting presdient..YES I DO.
Alicia Palifka April 22, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Hello John Doe..did you not read the part where I said I did not want to see teachers lose their jobs..??? Stop twisting my words. FOR THE RECORD......I couldn't be happeir with each teacher my children have. So there you go assuming AGAIN something that is so wrong. It bears repeating one last time (Since you are not reading what I write) that a campaign poster should not be the poster that represents the Respect of the position of The President of the United States of America.. Oh..and I thought you said the teachers know not to try to persuade the students in politics...Well..let's see if we get a new President if that picture goes up as a replacement!! It had better otherwise then it will be clear that politics were clearly being pushed on the children if the only picture that was up was President Obama. Personally..I think that blue /red design does not do the position respectfully.
Alicia Palifka April 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
@Wlodek..yes it is indeed true...go there at about 9:50 (not sure the exact time) and you can hear it...I think it is out of line...The children now spend time reciting 3 pledges in the mornings.
Alicia Palifka April 23, 2012 at 05:08 PM
@John Doe..Did I strike a nerve so you left the conversation?? You seem to have time to comment on other issues... Maybe what I am saying is the truth which makes for it to be difficult for you to defend your point or claims that I am not telling the truth. (what ever would I have to gain by not telling the truth...nothing!)! The motto I live by is " THE TRUTH HAS NO AGENDA."
TheRealDeal April 25, 2012 at 04:58 PM
SashaK, It is not a Vote pledge. It is a vote song. It is from a CD and it is played after the Pledge and after a school pledge about character education. I heard it today. Additionally, the way a teacher decorates their room should be up to them and their building administration. If there was a problem with the teacher buying the President Obama poster, because teachers buy nearly all of their supplies and definitely buy all of their classroom decorations, and displaying it then their boss (the principal who is in the rooms daily) should take care of it. And to attack a coexist sign that displays religions from around the world...for shame. I am sure the district tries to teach tolerance and acceptance. Why not have a sign up for various faiths from within our OWN country!
Jessica Ward April 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The question of whether or not the poster of President Obama should be allowed in the classroom was addressed by the Board of Ed last year and the teacher was not found to have done anything wrong.
Jessica Ward April 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Sahsa: As I'm sure you already know, it was not up to the parents of any children in the district to vote on whether or not First Student was awarded the busing contract. By law, the district has to open up an open bid when any services are being contracted. For example: each year Dominos and Papa Johns have to submit a bid for food services if they want to be the vendor whose pizza is sold on one Friday each month. If the district does not advertise for bids and just enters into a contract with the current vendor, then they would be in violation of the law. The bus drivers may have been misguided in telling students that they may not have a ride to school if people didn't vote to keep them (your words, not mine). The bus drivers are also not employees of the district so I'm not sure what type of analogy you are trying to make.
Alicia Palifka April 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@TheRealDeal....judging only by the fact that you haven't commented at all now tells me who you possibly may be. So let me ask you this...(keep in mind parents do talk and word get's around) ..If I have my facts straight.. I understand there was a few parents who purchased a poster size portrait of our President. I also understand it was given to the Principal to put up in replacement of the one that exists. It sounds to me that the one that was asked to be put up as a replacement was a far better and respectable photo..why not have made the parents happy and put that one up? I do not believe anyone asked for it to be taken down but rather replaced.
Alicia Palifka April 25, 2012 at 08:50 PM
@RPMom..that is still up for debate in the opinion of many others from what I understand.. I for one would love to see a clear Historical photo of our President. . I do find it interesting that the poster gets taken down during parent/teacher conferences or other events that will have the parents walking through the hallways. Is there any reason why that happens? One has to wonder if it is really that ok or was it as a result of a legal loophole . Sometimes the question is not about legalities. It is a question of is is proper.
Alicia Palifka April 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM
It should be up to the parents to raise their chidlren how they see fit. Clealry having children sing a VOTE song on the heals of the budget is sketchy. Between 3 pledges and exercising in the classroom might that be taking away from the curriculum. I am starting to think there are teachers jumping on this board. Thank GOD we have Freedom of Speech so we can discuss this issues in some what of an open forum.Once last thing..yes it is very nice of the teachers to pitch in $ wise but I do think in all professions those that take pride in their jobs would do the same in their particular position.As a taxpayer I pay many salaries myself. ;=) I don't seem to get the recognitions I feel I deserve either.Just sayin.
Jessica Ward April 25, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Sasha: I also thought that it was suspect to introduce a school wide unit on citizenship and voting during the month of May, rather than in November when there is a greater national focus on the electoral process. When I spoke with my daughter's teacher and raised the question of why now, she advised that this topic had been planned since the beginning of the year to take place at this time. While I may not agree with the school's decision to do it now, I do feel comfortable that it's not being done solely to influence parents on how to vote. On the subject of the picture of the president--personally I would like to see a picture of the sitting president in every classroom, regardless of which party they were from. I remember grade school where the pictures of every president were in every classroom. However, what I may personally want may not be the same as what someone else wants and I guess we've all got to have some give and take.
Nancydrew April 25, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Wow SashaK seriously your an adult right? and your posting all these ridiculous things and better yet everytime anyone says anything not completley with you you go off skipping over the actual points and just continuing to push garbage get a life
Jessica Ward April 25, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Regarding the exercises that are done in the morning and after lunch--do you know why they are doing this? It's because one school was not meeting state levels for the amount of phys ed that was required in a week. A pilot program was started at JAE where a certified phys ed teacher leads the class in 5 minutes of stretching and some exercises at the start of the day and after lunch. These ten minutes a day when added together equal one whole gym class. I spend quite a bit of time in one of my child's classroom and while it may seem like this is taking away from other learning time, it is usually done at times that are "throw away" times (and that is my term--not the schools). The kids take so much time to unpack at the beginning of the day and settle down after lunch that it seems to me to be a good way to segue into the next part of the day. Again, this is just what I've seen when I've been there.
Alicia Palifka April 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Thank you RP Mom for a kind response to being non-confrontational....We may not all agree on how all things may be done or the reasons they are being done I doo appreciate hearing your point of view. I wouldn't mind at all seing a picture our any president in each classroom.Nothing overpowering. I would all leave politics aside yet with respect and honor to the position have the historical photo that we will see in history books. I'm still not confortable with the VOTE song though. It doesn't happen in the middle school or the elementry school. Just my opinion..
TheRealDeal April 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
@SashaK: As a member of this community who has lived here his entire life, and also pays taxes that contribute to many salaries :O , I have to say that I am suprised that you think so little of the school district your students currently attend. Knowing this community as I do there is a ton of support for not only the teachers but for the ideas they put forth. A few years ago, when my son entered school, they created a program called the Pillars of Education. If you look at them it is clear that the next unit in this program is Citizenship. Wouldn't voting / voting songs / community votes fall under this category? As a citizen it is important to exercise your right to vote. We fight wars for this right and to give this right to other countries. Shouldn't our children be exposed as early as possible to this freedom?
Alicia Palifka April 27, 2012 at 08:42 PM
NancyDrew....I haven't skipped over any kind of point.You just don't like my opinion and what I have said. I have no garbage to push but only speak what is true. Itsn't this the comment section where we are all free to post our opinions along with factualy situations that have taken place ?. I haven't once told anyone on here to get a life. Why would you say that to me? We all have opinions here and although there are some I agree with and others I don't telling someone to get a life. That is childish and frankly nasty on your part. While many do not agree with me..I always believe in communication. I think you might want to scale back how you speak to people.
Alicia Palifka April 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@RPMom..thank you very much for sharing your opinion regarding the exercise time. I must say I love ther term "throw away" time..putting it that way makes a lot of sense. I appreciate you sharing your expierience of being there..I mostly appreciate your kindness when responding....
Jessica Ward April 27, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@SashaK: Thanks :) While we may not see eye to eye on these things, I also appreciate the chance to engage in a civilized discussion where opposing view points and thoughts can be debated. Personally I feel there is no room for name calling and personal attacks--it just belittles everyone that is trying to be heard.
candy17 April 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I hope this helps to understand why the character trait of Citizenship has been saved for the end of the year. These 6 character traits (6 Pillars) align with the nationally recognized Character Counts Initiative. Students can use this acronym to help them remember that people with good character are TeRRiFiCC: T rustworthiness R espect R esponsibility F airness C aring C itizenship
Alicia Palifka May 04, 2012 at 08:48 PM
@JohnDoe..somehow I missed your comment.. My life doesn't revolve around always viewing what goes on regarding the Patch.You are quite rude. I do not have mis-information. While I would love to list the other parents (6 that I am aware of)names as to the facts of the particular poster coming up and down I cannot do so. What you are saying is that the children are lying? What in the world would they have to gain. Can you explain what are you talking about being this poster is "old news" and is Legal? .Anyhow..I really don't see anything wrong with having a Presidents photo just minus the campaign slogans.
Alicia Palifka May 04, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@candy17..Thank you for taking the time for the explaination...Much appreciated and as a parent of 3 I do indeed support this...It was just questionable when talking to other parents their chidlren came home with the same message that "if there are a bunch of No's then there will be no K" . Anyhow..people will vote and the majority will win one way or the other. But agin..thank you for the insight!


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