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School bus drivers to negotiate for route change compensation
Updated on: 07.03.13

Brown County Schools bus contractors whose routes will end at a different school than they did last year have until Monday to report their new “deadhead” miles to the BCS office.

Then, district administrators will negotiate a compensation rate for those miles.

Busing and pay for route changes due to school district reorganization consumed more than an hour of discussion at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The subject also had drawn several bus contractors to the June meeting, seeking fair compensation for changes to their contracts.

Superintendent David Shaffer asked that the school board approve paying the current IRS rate per mile for deadhead miles — miles a bus must travel with no students on board because of the way the route is designed.

Later in the meeting, he revised that statement and called the IRS rate a starting point for negotiation.

The current IRS rate is 56.5 cents per mile for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck for business purposes. The rule does not mention school buses, school board member Steve Miller Jr. pointed out.

“I just don’t want them to have to get up in the morning and drive to the other side of the county to start their route and not get paid for it,” he said, as the board authorized Shaffer and other administration members to negotiate.

In addition, BCS will publish a legal ad in the July 10 Brown County Democrat advertising for bids for eight shuttle routes. Two additional buses will be needed as shuttles from Helmsburg Elementary to the new Brown County Intermediate School in the old Nashville Elementary building; one from Sprunica Elementary to the high school, two from Sprunica to BCIS and one from Sprunica to Brown County Junior High; and two from Van Buren Elementary to BCIS.

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Josephine Lee Cueto, 62, Morgantown
  Daughter of Priscilla Burgmeier of Nashville

Mary 'Jane' Kollman, 92, Nashville
  Mother of Janet (Tom) Gaskins of Nashville

Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

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