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Review of District 300 buses nearly complete

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 11:32 p.m. CDT

CARPENTERSVILLE – District 300 administrators soon will see the findings from an independent investigation examining allegations that the district’s bus fleet jeopardized students’ safety.

A Chicago transportation company led by former Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Transit Authority officials scoured hundreds of pages of safety inspections and scheduling information and conducted interviews with staff and parents during its two-month review of the district’s bus system.

The company, TransitPro Logistics, will turn over the findings in a report to the district by the end of the month. Company representatives could update district board members and the public on the findings as early as the board’s Dec. 9 meeting, Superintendent Michael Bregy said.

“This wasn’t something I could put off with student safety at risk. I need someone who could do it now,” Bregy said of the outside company. “When student safety is mentioned, I have to have someone who knows what they are doing and can ask the right questions.”

The Carpentersville-based school district contracted TransitPro Logistics for $38,945 to perform the review. A former district bus driver and parents sparked the investigation after they raised concerns in September that school buses were improperly maintained and put students’ safety at risk.

The Warrenville-based Durham School Services has managed the district’s bus system since 2007. The company dispatches about 230 buses from buildings in Algonquin, Carpentersville and Hampshire to transport 16,000 students to schools throughout the district.

With a detailed approach, TransitPro Logistics focused its review on vehicle safety, student safety, maintenance processing, routing and overall system security.

Representatives also will recommend changes to the bus system in its report, according to the contract approved by board members Nov. 11.

TransitPro Logistics previously audited the district’s technology department, Bregy said. The company has strong expertise with school transportation, he said.

“We will take their recommendations very seriously – whatever they are,” Bregy said.

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