Last updated: July 22. 2014 12:36AM - 1922 Views
By Geri Gibbons Times Leader Correspondent

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Dallas School District’s Business Manager Grant Palfey addressed its Board of Directors on Monday night proposing transportation for district students be further outsourced. Five mini-buses, three 9 passenger vans, and two 6 passenger vans, now being staffed, run, and maintained by the district, would be outsourced to G. Davis, Inc., which is now contracted by the district for its larger vehicles.

“When the district first took over transportation in 2007, it was cost-effective for our district and its taxpayers,” said Palfey, “that is no longer true.”

Palfey said a full cost-benefit analysis had concluded the district was simply no longer saving by money by owning and staffing district busing.

Palfey said he believed the proposal, if passed at the Board’s August meeting, would save the district $82,450 during the first year of the contract, and $30,000 in the second year.

Board member Bruce Goeringer credited Palfey in his foresight and willingness to expend time and energy in dealing with issues involving district busing in the long term.

The Board also approved a resolution allowing advertising on district property as a means of raising money for district projects.

“I believe advertising may be an effective means of raising funds,” said Goeringer, “but, I think it must always be done in a spirit of taste and propriety.”

Board member Colleen Slocum said the resolution would allow the Dallas Foundation, a non-profit entity which raises money for the district, to solicit a small amount of advertising from local businesses for the benefit of the school.

Slocum lauded the Dallas Foundation, with tax exempt status, for enabling local individuals and businesses to contribute to the district. She said members of the foundation contributed a unique skill set in regard to management and marketing.

Board member Catherine Wega said district teachers and administrators were able to maintain a “wish list” in regard to those things they thought would best benefit district students in several areas including technology.

The Board also approved the hiring of Nancy Roberts, Athletic Director; Holy Golembiewski, Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Dallas High School; Doreen Ignatovich, part time music teacher, Dallas Middle School; Kelly O’Brien, Spanish teacher Dallas High School; and Michelle Mulherrn, Elementary Teacher, Dallas Elementary.

Board Superintendent Frank Galicki welcomed several in attendance to new positions including Thomas Duffy as assistant to the superintendent and Thomas Traver, Dallas Elementary principal, overseeing both Dallas and Wycallis Elementary schools.

Galicki said the Board looks forward to a upcoming Planning Commission meeting to be held on August 12th facilitating the progression of construction a multipurpose field for its football, lacrosse, and field hockey teams, a project for which the board has approved $1.5 million.

The next meeting of the Dallas School Board will take place on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

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