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Criminal record impacts Dallas bus contracts

Board will award transport contract Monday but may insert special language because of one of the bidders.

May 03. 2013 11:40PM

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DALLAS TWP. — The Dallas School Board is expected to award a contract for transportation Monday, but two district officials said Friday special language may be inserted because of the possible criminal record of an employee of one of the two bidders under consideration.

According to Superintendent Frank Galicki and district solicitor Benjamin Jones, Emanuel's Bus Line of Dallas, the current district vendor, and G. Davis Inc., of Shohola, Pike County, are the two companies still in contention.

The school board meets Monday at 7 p.m. in work session and the regular business meeting will immediately follow.

Galicki and Jones said the district is “well aware” an employee of the Davis company may have a criminal background. That employee is not a bus driver and has responsibilities that would not bring him to Dallas schools.

Galicki and Jones said that should G. Davis Inc. be awarded the work, specific language will be inserted into the contract that would prohibit any employee of the company who has a criminal record from stepping on district property or from coming in contact with any student.

“Any employee of any vendor conducting business with the Dallas School District must have all the proper certifications and clearances,” Galicki said. “All employees having contact with students must have a clean record.”

Several calls to G. Davis Inc. were not answered, and messages left were not returned Friday.

Galicki said bids were advertised and six bids were received. He said a pre-bid meeting was held and the bidders list was narrowed to two — Emmanuel and G. Davis.

Jones said he did not know how the district became aware that G. Davis Inc. employed a person with a criminal background

“The school district spent several days looking into it,” Jones said. “I was not so interested in a company employing a person with a criminal background, as I was concerned if that person would have any contact with district students.”

“And if the terms of the contract are not met, the contract would be rescinded immediately,” Jones said.

Jones said he did not know if any background checks were provided to the school district.

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