|Hinds Named Co-Chair of Committion on Public School Transportation|
|03:35PM / Friday, October 05, 2018|
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds has been appointed to co-chair the Special Commission on Improving Efficiencies in Student Transportation by Senate President Karen E. Spilka.
"The method and formulas by which our public school districts are funded are flawed, and this impacts the budgets of all our schools," Hinds said. "That is why I am excited by this opportunity to address such a significant issue that impacts school and municipal budgets, and, ultimately, directs money back into our classrooms."
The Special Commission, established by Section 77 of the FY19 state budget (Chapter 154 of the Acts of 2018), is charged with making recommendations to the General Court’s Joint Committee on Education on how school districts can improve and implement efficiencies in regards to various student transportation issues, such as: students attending regional schools; students in special education out of district placements; students attending out of district vocational and technical schools; students attending out of district agricultural schools; and any other student transportation the Commission deems appropriate.
During its scope of work, the commission will study and report on a review of methods districts use to transport said students, including current costs and bid processes in procuring transportation; a budget assessment for said costs; and recommendations for improving transportation services.
Hinds will be joined on the commission by state Rep. Brad Hill, who was appointed by the House Minority Leader, and Superintendent Brian Forget of the Triton Regional School District, who was appointed by the Senate Minority Leader. In total, there are 11 members of the Special Commission.