Bus contractor should not take money from fundraisers

The contractor that provides bus service to the Tularosa schools is requesting an increase of $14,000 in his contract. Full Story
Lil Fox

Alpine, TX

#1 Jun 19, 2011
Cloudcroft has taken the step as one in 7 schools are doing and that is cutting back to four days a week for school. The main reason is to cut costs in gas. We would all like things to be as they have been but due to the economy it's not possible. Yes, the bus company should have to give proof of the need. If it's a gas issue then go to four days but to take from fundraisers is deplorable. There are kids that go to school in Cloudcroft from Tulie and they aren't asking for money. They foot the bill by choice. It appears they have their kids interest in mind more that this bus company.
lucky lucy

Tularosa, NM

#2 Jun 19, 2011
I agree with this outrageous request. I often see busses transporting two or three students to school. Where is the cost efficency of this? Isn't the school district compensated by the state based on the number of students the school transports by bus?

Why doesn't the school board consider a salary reduction of Brenda Vigil by $14,000 to make up the difference. Better yet, why doesn't Brenda just take the cut and do it because this is all for the students, or is it? Does anyone know how much she makes a year? I'm curious how her salary compares to other class AA school superintendent's across the state.
Haa

Alamogordo, NM

#3 Jun 19, 2011
The bus contractor should just tighten his belt like everyone else. All the teachers and employees pay has been decreasing because of increases in insurance and retirement contributions but the school board is going to put a bus contractor above its own employees and more importantly take money from the classrooms. It is not right. Go to the next school board meeting on July 12th st 6:30.
Care4Kids

Alamogordo, NM

#4 Jun 19, 2011
The school board should not give him extra money. He gets plenty. Why are they even thinking about taking money from the kids to give to a private contractor. I don't think the solution is to cut the superintendent's pay either. Make the bus contractor make some cuts just like the rest of us. I know I will be at that school board meeting.
George

Alamogordo, NM

#5 Jun 20, 2011
Tularosa School Board......don't give him the money
Las Cruces

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jun 20, 2011
Its funny how people can post without fully educating themselves of the situation. I think the word for this is ignorance. With the price of gas of course the bus company needs more operational funding, and like every other person who is employed they need to pay bills. Do you above people work for free? Did not think so!
Tularosa Tularosa NM

Alamogordo, NM

#7 Jun 20, 2011
Busses dont run on air and drivers dont drive for free. I am sure that every year he has to produce to the school and the state how much spends but does he get extra when gas prices go up. I dont think so he has to operate on what is allowed by the state. Tires, Oil, filter, belts, taxes,drivers, gas. Profit!! very little if any think about it people. I know you all would not run for free. yes tighten your belts but please tighten them in every part of the school. I dont think that he would every take from the kids!
At Large

Sturgis, MI

#8 Jun 20, 2011
This is horse-pucky. I live on the road and my additional fuel expenses are rediculously high. Nevertheless, I am required to be innovative in how I approach the added costs and move forward; no one is going to foot the bill for me. The bus companies can look at buses that don't consume as much gas as a full-sized 44 passenger vehicle when they are only transporting 5 or 6 students at a time. They could partnership with other carriers from other schools systems where there are overlapping routes. They could pool resources or revise the routes. These are areas that should be looked into before writing a $14,000 check.
Thorne

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jun 20, 2011
The Blazers have always been huge supporters of Tularosa Public Schools. He needs to feed his family and be able to pay his employees. I'm surprised he is only asking for $14,000
Gramma

Alamogordo, NM

#10 Jun 20, 2011
Pay the man! In case no one has noticed, prices go up all the time for everything.
At Large

Sturgis, MI

#11 Jun 20, 2011
That may be true...but why not research alternatives....like the people paying the bills must do?
Gramma wrote:
Pay the man! In case no one has noticed, prices go up all the time for everything.
Raggedy Ann

United States

#12 Jun 22, 2011
Why don't they do away with the position which Mr. Andrew Sainz holds...that way the custodians can maybe do their work instead of wasting time hiding from him!!
Another Tulie resident

Tularosa, NM

#13 Jun 23, 2011
I agree with Raggedy Ann. Do way with Sainz. There are some maintenance employees that have been there alot longer than Mr. Sainz has experience but they were overlooked at the time Mr. Sainz was hired. They probably know more about maintenance than Mr. Sainz. Mr. Sainz is only a part-time employee earning a full-time salary.
Me from Tulie

Tularosa, NM

#14 Jun 27, 2011
What does anyone from Hayward, CA have to say about what happens in Tularosa? He is asking for $14,000 in addition to what he already makes. Anyone who knows Andrew Sainz knows he is a hard worker who goes the extra mile. This issue is not about him anyway it is about funds that are not there.
"Lack of information and wrong information breads a culture of darkness and ignorance." TW
Raggedy Ann

United States

#15 Jun 28, 2011
Me from Tulie wrote:
What does anyone from Hayward, CA have to say about what happens in Tularosa? He is asking for $14,000 in addition to what he already makes. Anyone who knows Andrew Sainz knows he is a hard worker who goes the extra mile. This issue is not about him anyway it is about funds that are not there.
"Lack of information and wrong information breads a culture of darkness and ignorance." TW
My answer was two fold....I was making a suggestion to let an unnecessary position ...like Mr. Sainz's position SO they can pay Mr. Blazer the money he is asking for to transport children...which is necessary so they can attend school. Not in the dark nor am I ignorant. Just stating a suggestion that's all.

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