It has been over 2 years and Englewood residents are still asking School Board Members what purpose the buses below serve. Residents are wondering why we never see our children on them. There even exists a plan to spend over a million dollars to build what they called a SHED to house these buses inside. (We have a professional Bus Company right here in town. First Student. First Student buses are parked in an outdoor lot.) This 'proposed shed' has an office, a break room, 3 bathrooms, a loading bay and who knows what else. It would have been located less than the mandated 25 feet away from the brook that flows into Overpeck Creek where people fish. Sewer lines may not be located less than 50' away from the shoulder of a stream bed. One wonders what these folks are thinking. They paved over a beautiful grassy area anyway and this resident thinks they still plan to build the shed/office building.
Shirley Smith, a veteran and now retired Englewood School Board Member, who served close to 13 years, has been watching these buses sit. She wants to know why they never seem to move. We have seen only one item listed in the Board agenda to pay a bus driver. Why is payment to these bus drivers not listed regularly? No one seems to know how or even if the buses are used. Dr. Carlisle suggested that they are used to transport students to athletic events. Several residents have seen First Student buses transport the students to these same sporting events.
Curtis Caviness is a marvel. He attends most sporting events. He also keeps everything. Below the buses, find the answer to the question that we have all been asking. Answering one question simply raises more. What are these shared services? Why are board members not privy to this information?
The Business Administrator is in charge of purchasing and keeping record of all purchases. The Board Secretary is responsible to make sure the Board has this information readily available. In Englewood, the Business Administrator and the Board Secretary are the same person. This BA/BS is paid well with our tax dollars. The Board should have been able to answer this question long ago. What is wrong with this picture?
The highly paid professionals must keep better records. Highly paid "professionals" should at least pretend to care what the public thinks about how proficient or effective they are at their jobs.
We, as taxpayers, parents, guardians and folks who care must begin to rate our professionals much the same as they rate our children. Are our employees far less than proficient, partially proficient, proficient or highly proficient? Are we getting our monies worth? Whom do we blame?
Where is the resolution documenting Board Approval that was supposed to be sent to the Executive County Superintendent almost 4 years ago?
We have a sharing agreement regarding buses?
What other school districts are involved in this