Citizen School Transportation Committee
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Citizen School Transportation Committee
Established by the Concord Special Town Meeting on April 24, 2012

Members:                        

Lisa Bergen , Chair
Rick Anderson
Raymond Bruttomesso
Kate Damon
Abraham Fisher
Louise Haldeman, Clerk
Mark Hanson


Mission

Town Meeting, in creating this Committee, expressed an intent “to search diligently for ways to maintain the existing Bus Transportation Department.”

Responsibility

The Committee will be asked to examine a number of issues, including but not necessarily limited to the following.  After a complete review of these issues, the Committee is asked to present its report by July 17, 2012 to the Concord Public Schools Committee and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee, summarizing their findings and providing recommendations.
  • Consider safety issues.
  • Prepare a detailed analysis comparing costs associated with an in-house bus service with an outsourced one.
  • Consider the value of such intangibles as (a) widespread community trust in present system; (b) confidence in local administrators, bus drivers and mechanics who know the Town well and can respond quickly in unusual circumstances.
  • Identify potential sites on School-owned property, Town-owned property, or privately owned property within Concord or contiguous towns where the bus transportation activities might be relocated, and estimate the cost.
  • Hold at least one public hearing to solicit comments from the public and confer with School officials.
  • Write a Report with recommendations to the Concord Public Schools Committee and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee.

Membership Requirements and expectations
Members will be appointed (four by the Moderator and three by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee) for a term of three months to expire on July 31, 2012.  The Committee should complete its business by July 31, 2012, subject to extension at the discretion of the appointing authorities.

Other Considerations  
The Committee shall elect a chair and a committee clerk, who will be responsible for maintaining the record of the committee’s discussions, votes, and actions.
All meetings will be conducted in conformance with the Open Meeting Law, including the proper notice and posting of meetings, and all records will be maintained in conformance with the Public Records Law.
Public discussion is expected to take place before recommendations are presented to the Concord Public Schools Committee and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee.

Requests for staff assistance or operating expenses will be made in compliance with the following regulations: