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Special bus routes whittled down

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors awarded four low bids to Brown Transportation for the Children With Handicapping Conditions Transportation Program Monday at the County Office Building.

The number of school sites has been whittled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bids were specified as for the transportation of children with handicapping conditions to various 2020-21 school year programs.

The bids were reviewed by and recommended by Public Health Director Laurel Headwell and Purchasing Agent Jon Stead.

Bids were awarded to Brown’s for four regular school year program sites at the following daily route costs: $355, $329.50, $329.50, and $379.

“We had a long list of about 10 transportation routes with COVID-19,” Stead said.

But he said some of those sites are not having in-person instruction during the pandemic.

He said some of the instruction now being experienced through the Children With Handicapping Conditions program is similar to the public secondary schools utilizing “hybrid” learning during COVID — a combination of in-person instruction and remote learning.

Stead said that after the county put bids out for transportation, some of the schools changed their schedules. He said a “half dozen” of the routes were dropped.

“It does look a little different from past years,” Stead said.

Stead said his office may have to get back to the Board of Supervisors in 2021 with more transportation bidding to accommodate a few more children through the mandated Children With Handicapping Conditions program.

In other business, board Chairman Warren Greene welcomed new Johnstown 1st Ward Supervisor Jared Goderie.

The board conducted a moment of silence for all victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Caroga Supervisor Scott Horton reported on the Adirondack Government special committee he sits on, noting Chairman Ronald Moore resigned after moving to Washington County from Essex County.

“We wish him well,” Horton said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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