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Uncle Irvin: Hidden costs that are avoidable

11/22/2016 03:06PM ● By Richard Gaw
All the school districts in southern Chester County have privatized their busing operations, except Unionville-Chadds Ford. The U-CF board wimped out, even after a study found it could save money by privatization.
Recently, the board voted to spend $150,000 on a new fuel pump; earlier, hundreds of thousands on new buses. All of these hidden costs are borne by the private bus company, leaving the school district with the annual negotiated cost – nothing more.
The U-CF district has also been averse to privatizing janitorial and cafeteria operations, and has been willing to provide health benefits and fixed benefit pensions to all these employees.
By the way, cutting costs by privatizing does not have anything to do with quality education, but is all about cutting costs to lower taxes.
The U-CF board is continually overtaxing their district's property owners! Period.

(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)

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