Bus company files $4.5 million lawsuit against MCS - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bus company files $4.5 million lawsuit against MCS

The Memphis City School Board is being sued for $4.5 million by a bus company that claims their contract was unfairly terminated, but MCS claims the bus company breached its contract.

Attorney Bill Jeter says his client, SchoolTrans, LLC, had recently purchased several buses when Memphis City Schools abruptly dropped their contract."It frankly puts them out of business."   

SchoolTrans transported special education students and provided backup buses.

Jeter says MCS gave his client only five days notice. "In the contract, if they have a complaint with the services that are being provided, they have to give us 30 days to rectify the situation."

He says the school system's claim that SchoolTrans wasn't ready for the first day of school is untrue because the district was slow on background checks."They didn't have enough people at the school board in place to adequately put these people through quick enough."

The termination letter accuses SchoolTrans of failing to report accidents in a timely manner.

Jeter says there was a fender bender, but no one was hurt and students made it to class on time.

The letters also says that a bus driver left the bus unattended to get coffee inside a school during rush hour. The bus went across two lanes of traffic, jumped a curb and hit a pole. 

Jeter says no one was in the bus, no one was hurt, and the school knew about the accident because it happened on school grounds. 

School Board members say they can't comment because the case is in litigation.


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