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New Business - Purchasing

Title: P4 Transportation of Special Needs Students


I recommend approval of the negotiated agreements with various vendors for the transportation of special needs / disabled students and authorize the Superintendent and Board Chairman to sign all necessary documents.


P4  Approve the negotiated agreement for various vendors for the Transportation of Special Needs / Disabled Students for the not-to-exceed amount of $3,000,000.


       In order to support the needs of our Special Needs / Disabled Students in the area of transportation, it was determined that direct negotiations were needed as bids were solicited in the past and were deemed non-responsive.


       Med Aide Services and Palm Beach Metro Transportation are the two companies who have been providing services to the District.  Med Aide is a certified minority vendor.


       In 2001 Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Act to strengthen existing laws which gave children and youth in homeless situations the right to go to school, no matter where they lived or how long they had lived there.  This law gives children and youth in homeless situations, shelters and temporary foster care the right to stay in their school of origin if they move and to receive transportation services to school for a determined period of time.  In some situations our current vendors provide transportation primarily by taxi service.


      The new negotiated contracts will be from July 31, 2006 through July 30, 2008.


      Copies of the current agreements with the two vendors are attached.  New contracts will be negotiated with them for the forthcoming contract period.

Financial Impact:
The financial impact to the District Budget is estimated at $3,000,000.  The source of funds is the Transportation Department budget.

For Additional Information, contact:

Joseph M. Moore (moorej@palmbeach.k12.fl.us)

Bob Riley

Attachments (list):
Palm Beach Metro.pdf
Med Aide Services.pdf

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