Gary School Bus Issue Moves Into ‘Discussion’ Phase
October 20, 2014 — The Joliet, Illinois company that provides buses and drivers to take Gary Community Schools students to school is taking a more conciliatory tone this week about the school district’s financial problems and its inability to pay its past-due transportation bill.
Illinois Central School Bus CEO Steve Hemmerlein said in a statement issued through an Indianapolis public relations firm that the company and Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt are in “good conversations,” but they need more details. That’s in sharp contrast to Hemmerlein’s edict last week that school bus service would stop November 10th unless payment was arranged.
Gary Community Schools owes I-C-S-B more than 3-million dollars. Superintendent Pruitt said last week that the district’s transportation fund’s taken a more than 34 million dollars hit because of uncollected property taxes in Gary and the statewide property tax caps.
Hemmerlein said in his statement that the Gary Schools have provided a framework, and the company is working with them to find a solution.