Santa Rosa Schools has a new transportation services provider after contract negotiations with current provider Durham School Services proved unsuccessful and an agreement was reached with another provider, Student Transportation of America.
Santa Rosa County School District’s Director of Purchasing and Contract Administration Jud Crain in a March 15 letter to Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick advised that although current school transportation provider Durham School Services was the top-ranked proposal during a recent bidding process, contract negotiations failed.
“The district negotiation committee, comprised of Joey Harrell, Cindy Lambeth and myself was unable to negotiate an acceptable agreement with Durham,” Crain stated in the letter, adding, “The committee then began negotiations with STA and was able to come to agreement on an acceptable contract. Approval is recommended.”
A five-person team had ranked submitted proposals and STA came in second behind Durham’s proposal.
According to the STA website, the company is is North America’s third-largest provider of school bus transportation services.
During today’s school board meeting the board voted to approve the contract.