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Board Meeting Updates 10/20/21



Here are a few updates from Wednesday night’s Board Meeting:


Labor Contracts:

  • Approved contract with AFL-CIO (Local 264) representing mechanics, maintenance personnel, drivers, technicians, laborers, and stock clerks

  • Approved an MOU to increase pay for Food Service Workers

  • This follows this year’s new contracts with Buffalo Educational Support Team, Transportation Aides of Buffalo, an Buffalo Association of Substitute Administrators


Transportation:

  • There was a lengthy and robust discussion on bus transportation after community input and presentations from the BPS Director of Transportation and First Student

  • Powerpoint Presentation: Addressing Driver Shortage

  • 679 applicants since September

  • Stringent permit, training, and onboarding process, which eliminates many candidates, some due to drug testing to meet Department of Transportation standards, no longer required in many other professions in NYS

  • Using NFTA to transport 7th and 8th graders was discussed

  • Aides on buses are budgeted for and a job posting remains. The problem, other drivers and other professions, is a lack of applicants

  • Superintendent recommended the formation of Transportation Task Force and revisiting the use of National Guard with Governor Hochul as a remedy after it was declined in September

  • My opinion: Paying parents to drive students to school has not been a proven solution and has liabilities. It also will end up paying the parents who have the means to provide their own transportation; those who need it least. Shifting students to remote learning is also not a solution. There is not a high demand for students to be remote and our students need to be in school where they learn best and where social-emotional needs can be best addressed.


COVID Data:

  • ECDOH data indicates that cases and hospitalizations for COVID have stabilized and are showing signs of decline

  • Oishei Children’s Hospital is at capacity due mainly to RSV cases

  • None of children who are hospitalized with COVID have been vaccinated

  • City COVID cases are proportionate with county population

  • BPS has had 319 known COVID cases (92 staff and 227 students)

  • Medical Exemption requests for remote learning: 148 / Mask exemption requests: 48


Immunizations:

  • Began year with 4,000 students not in compliance with immunizations, now down to 804 students

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