Jackson school board votes not to privatize transportation

Source: Clarion-Ledger, May 28, 2014

The Jackson Public School Board voted down a proposal by Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray to outsource transportation during a special meeting Tuesday, WLBT reported. The company, First Student, reportedly proposed an $11 million plan over four years. Over the last four years JPS spent $12.8 million on transportation according to officials. The measure was voted down six to zero with board member Monica Gilmore Love abstaining. …
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JPS board votes not to privatize transportation
Source: Roslyn Anderson, WLBT, May 27, 2014

…Initially no board members would make a motion to vote on privatization. After a second attempt, the measure was voted down six to nothing with Board member Monica Gilmore Love abstaining….Opposition to outsourcing bus driver jobs came from a number of people including State Senator Sollie Norwood and Jackson Councilman De’Keither Stamps. The board did approve Board President Doctor Otha Burton’s proposal of a 2 year internal management period of the transportation department and Doctor Gray’s recommendation of an external consultant for one year to assess and advice the district….