Hanover region approves bus contracts and accepts resignation of commercial director

HANOVER TWP. – In a meeting held in the high school auditorium but with the participation of board members via Zoom, their images projected on a screen, the Hanover area school board arranged for summer transportation for the students and approved a eight year contract with a new bus company for the school year of transport.

As tables, chairs and even nameplates were set up in the auditorium, the eight members who attended the meeting – Vic Kopko was absent – participated from a distance, leaving only lawyer Jack Dean seated. on the scene.

There were only three items on the agenda, two of which concerned transport contracts. The board voted to extend the contract with Churnetski Transportation until August 15, but at a slightly higher price. Churnetski will receive a 3% prorated increase over the contract he had during the school year and will receive an additional $ 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 pulling out of the student transportation business, but the district needed bus service for the various summer programs on offer to make up for it. any loss of learning or any problem encountered by the students. during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a large portion of distance education being held 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 assigns” for transportation services starting in the next school year, with the “final language” of the deal to be negotiated by Dean. He said White Transit was chosen to replace Churnetski and considerable effort was put into choosing a company, which resulted in several leadership sessions until June. There were sessions on June 3, 7, 14, 17, 22 and 28.

And the board voted to accept the resignation of commercial director 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.

Contact Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish

Mary H. Martino