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Bus Contract Awarded for School District

Mendon Upton Regional School District Superintendent Sr. Joseph Maruszczak announced the winning bidder of the FY13-FY15 Transportation Contract during the January 23 School Committee Meeting. Tellstone & Son Inc. of Blackstone, which has serviced the district for the past eight years, provided the lowest bid and was awarded a three-year contract with two-year options after a Committee vote. Although seven vendors attended a pre-bid conference, only two companies submitted bids. Illinois Central School Bus Company provided a three-year bid price of $5,300,710 while Tellstone's three-year bid price was $4,376,700. Tellstone's bid included an extra bus that administrators do not think will be necessary for next year, therefore the adjusted FY13 transportation cost will be $1,301,400. The FY12 transportation costs will be $1,291,000, which will equate to an increase of $10,400 or .8 percent for next year. "This will certainly help us with the delta," said Maruszczak when referring to the initial projected FY13 budget shortfall of $541,000. The budget included a projection of a 5 percent increase in transportation costs in FY13.



Maruszczak also announced to the Committee that he has applied for a Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grant through the state's Department of Administration and Finance for $50,000 in order to conduct a management study of operations and administration in the district. He cautioned that being awarded the grant would be challenging as there is only a "small pool of money," for these grants but with the call from community members for such a study they felt it "was a good idea to put it out there to make an attempt to get this financing." Maruszczak publically thanked Mendon resident Kevin Rudden for help in writing the grant.



Nipmuc High School Principal John Clements gave a presentation to the School Committee on the upcoming Freshman/Parent Informational Night. Clements said that the administration is working with the Student Council on ideas to change the traditional event in order to find ways to "best inform our community about our school." Clements said that they will begin the event by meeting the 8th grade students at the Miscoe Hill School during the day to give them an overview of Nipmuc's programs, academics, and social life. The evening event held at Nipmuc will become a more "interactive" approach per Clements and students and parents will have a chance to tour the school, listen to presentations, and enjoy a reception. Clements also told the Committee that they plan on beginning a marketing campaign at the beginning of February in order to show "why Nipmuc is a good fit for the kids of this community."

Student representatives Jackie Michalowicz and Jessie Arsenault, both from Nipmuc, announced that the snow make-up date for the Winter Semi-Formal will be on February 4 at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford and that all proceeds for the event will be donated in the memory of their classmate Jack Street who died on January 4.

At the end of the meeting, School Committee Chairperson Heather Applegate was appointed as the School Committee Representative to the Risteen Fund.




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