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Jordan-Elbridge schools to share transportation services with Auburn

— An agreement between Auburn and Jordan-Elbridge schools will allow the districts to share a transportation supervisor.

The intermunicipal agreement was passed at Wednesday’s regular school board meeting. The agreement allows Auburn’s transportation supervisor, Margaret Wise, to work from J-E 40 percent of her workweek, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We didn’t feel like we needed a full-time person for this so we actually went out to see if there were any schools that were willing to share this position with us,” said Superintendent James Froio. “Auburn was willing to do that.”

The transportation supervisor will oversee the workings of the bus garage and transportation routes. Currently, the district is using the help of a few people to fill in for the role of supervisor: the district dispatcher, school business administrator Joseph Coleman, and a supervisor from the buildings and grounds department.

“We don’t have anyone, they’re all kind of piece-mealing together duties that would otherwise be done with a transportation supervisor,” Froio said. “This fills a gap for us and will allow the individuals to concentrate on their duties.”

Auburn will bill J-E for 40 percent of Wise’s salary and benefits. The agreement is effective today, Jan. 5, and ends June 30.

“This is a six month trial, we will see how it works out,” Froio said. “If both schools are satisfied with it, we may continue it longer.”

Both Auburn and J-E may opt out of the contract with 60 days notice to the other district.

In other J-E board news

The board agreed to enter into a contract with Miller Law Firm to provide legal counsel and defense for the district in the Anthony M. Scro v. Board of Education suit. The board has agreed to allow the Miller Law Firm to provide counsel for Diana Foote, Connie Drake and Penny Feeney, who are additionally named in the suit.

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