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RCS officials want more explanation for bus bill

December 11th, 2013 11:03 pm by Jeff Bobo

RCS officials want more explanation for bus bill

ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville City School officials aren’t ready to pay a $90,349 bus bill to the Hawkins County School System for 2012-13 student transportation until they understand why the bill increased $12,000 over the previous year.

Last week the Hawkins County Board of Education voted 4-3 not to reduce the $90,349 bill which RCS officials have disputed since it arrived in July.

RCS Director Rebecca Isaacs was unable to attend Tuesday RCS Board of Education meeting.

Without Isaacs to make a recommendation Tuesday, the board took no action on the pending bill.

Although the two school systems have yet to come to an agreement on the pending bill, they have agreed to form a joint committee to hash out a new transportation contract and foster better communication.

Last week the Hawkins County BOE voted unanimously to form its half of the joint committee.

Tuesday evening RCS board chairman Reed Matney appointed himself, board member Gerald Trent, and Isaacs to represent RCS on that joint committee.

Matney also said no decision would be made on the pending $90,349 bill until the two boards discuss it further in the joint committee, which is expected to meet after the New Year.

Isaacs has stated at past meetings that when she received the bus bill in July she refused to pay because it was more than $12,000 higher than the previous school year and $9,000 more than RCS had approved in its budget for student busing.

Over the past five years RCS has received bus bills from the county for $62,000, $75,529, $50,947, $80,545, and for the 2011-12 school year, $77,647.

County Director of Schools Charlotte Britton said the RCS bill had been tabulated for 2012-13 using the same formula that has been used since she took over nearly seven years ago.

Isaacs had offered to pay the $81,000 it had budgeted for school transportation, but that was rejected by the county BOE.

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