Union drivers and First Student Transportation, the company that provides busing service for Brockton’s students has finally come to terms on a new multi-year contract. Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Smith took a moment to confirm the news.
“I’m happy to report that they did ratify their contract, I believe its a five year contract and we’re very pleased on a number of fronts, “said Smith. “We’ve had a very good relationship with First Student and certainly one of the things I keep saying is that the bus drivers are part of our team.”
It was a little more than a week ago that the school district was warned by the transportation company that drivers may not report to work due to stalled contract talks. The strike never happened, but Smith says her department was ready to handle the situation, if needed.
“We do have a contingency plan in place. I hope it is filed away and that I never have to look at it again,” Smith explained. “When I look at the length of this contract, I’m very pleased that maybe the next superintendent might have to look at those contingency plans, but I’m I hoping I won’t have to use that going forward.”
Details of the new contract are not known at this time. There are 17,000 students in Brockton’s school system and about 9,000 of them use buses.