Dear Putnam Valley Community:
As you may know, the District has been in the process of preparing a Request For Proposal for transportation services. Our goal was to bring in a new transportation contractor in response to performance issues with our current provider. We documented all incidents and complaints and we were prepared to challenge the contract. It was our intent to retain the services of a new provider beginning September 2019. However, the District was recently informed by our attorneys that based on court filings by our current contractor, we had to withdraw our Request For Proposal. Please trust that we will continue to monitor our transportation services very closely for the remaining year of the contract. We will continue to meet with the owner of the contracted bus company every week to review any issues, proactively approach problems, and to maintain accountability. Our current provider has pledged to provide consistent, safe, and effective transportation service for the remainder of the contract. Due in part to our weekly meetings, the contractor has been responsive to our concerns and we have seen an improvement in performance. We pledge to ensure that our buses are safe and our students’ wellbeing is our priority.
In addition, we are very fortunate to have District employees who oversee and support the daily schedule of our 20 contracted buses and our own fleet of district-owned buses that each day transport our students to out of district locations in addition to covering our sports runs and late activity buses that serve the middle school and high school. Thank you Mike Koenig and Lori Carra and your entire department! I’d also like to thank each and every driver, contracted and district-employed, who provide careful transportation of our most precious cargo.
We will be issuing a Request For Proposal for the 2021-2022 school year and we hope that you understand that the District must abide by the advice of legal counsel.
Please forward any transportation concerns to our Director of Operations and Transportation at DSpittal@pvcsd.org or (845) 528-8900 x1111. We will continue to work together to best serve our students.
Dr. Frances Wills
Superintendent of Schools