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Durham bus contract debated as SCS demands improvements

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The Shelby County School board has spent the entire night in session. One of the board's biggest discussions is whether to extend the contract for Durham Bus Services.

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said what most board members were thinking about Durham Bus Servces as the board decides whether to extend Durham's contract for another three years.

“At the end of the day, safety is the number one priority. Durham has to do better,” Hopson said.

With a rash of bus wrecks, one driver accused of smoking marijuana on the job and another who did not have a valid license, the board had issues with the bus company.

“The way Durham service performed last year, I would have been in favor of us canceling the contract in January,” said school board member Shante Avant.

The board made sure Durham will be accountable or there will be no increases in the multi-million dollar contract that could be terminated.

Durham did not get the 2.5 percent raise it wanted this year, and that raise in coming years will be based on performance.

The board also discussed GCA, the company that handles custodial services for the schools. Board members said the schools are dirty, many bathrooms had no soap and toilets were cleaned with water.

The school board will vote next week on the Durham contract. While the board was not happy after Tuesday's meeting, it appears Durham will get another three years.

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