BOE agrees to rent space at Niskayuna bus garage

UPDATE to this previous story

The Board of Education tonight (July 24, 2017) unanimously gave the green light to begin sharing the Niskayuna bus garage in September.

Andrew Giaquinto, business administrator, said the district will break even the first year of the transition and then save $409,000 over five years, before state aid reimbursement.

While some costs will increase, such as driver and aide costs ($80,000), mileage ($14,000) and fuel ($2,000), he said there will be cost savings in cooperative bidding, inventory controls, eliminating the need to shuttle buses back and forth for state inspections and the avoidance of having to bring the Scotia-Glenville facility up to par ($1 million cost).

Superintendent Susan Swartz said she was confident that the S-G buses would continue to  be able to pick up and drop off students on time at school and at their homes as in the past.