The following message from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Abitabile, was sent to all Lansingburgh families on Tuesday, April 12.
Dear Lansingburgh Community,
At last night’s special board meeting, Lansingburgh's Board of Education unanimously approved a 5-year contract for a new district transportation provider: First Student.
The district’s contract with its current transportation service - Birnie Bus - remains in effect through the end of the current school year and they will continue providing transportation to our students through June 2022. The new 5-year contract with First Student is effective July 1, 2022, at which point they will be the district’s sole transportation provider.
Regardless of contracting out for transportation services or having in-house services, districts everywhere this year have been impacted by the effects of a national school bus driver shortage. Lansingburgh was no exception to this and I know many of our school families have felt the effects of it in their weekly schedules. As mentioned in my message sent to you last week, these issues have been more frequent in recent weeks with our current provider needing to combine bus routes due to ongoing driver shortages. This issue will likely not be resolved this school year, but we will continue communicating and working with Birnie Bus to ensure the safest, most reliable transportation that we can for the remainder of the current school year.
Thank you for your ongoing understanding, patience and collaboration.
Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.