Kickert’s yellow school buses will again transport children in Homewood again this coming school year.
The District 153 school board agreed on Monday to extend its contract with Kickert School Bus Line of Lynwood for an additional two years.
The extension is tacked on to a three-year contract that expires this year. The board agreed to a contract extension with 4 percent increases that bring the total to $424,000 for fiscal year 2016 and $441,000 for fiscal year 2017.
John Gibson, chief school business official, said the district also pays for a Kickert liaison who comes to the district each day to handle problems. While bus drivers aren’t expected to maintain discipline on the bus, they do report problems to the principals of each of the district’s four schools. The liaison also coordinates with the district’s transportation director, who can check routes and times through GPS tracking of the buses.
Gibson said the district has a total of seven bus routes for children attending Willow and Churchill Schools, and six routes each for Millennium and James Hart Schools.
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