EDITORIAL: Always pass the test

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Of course we need to save every penny we can in the operation of our public school system — and hopefully in doing so we also don’t hurt our children in any way. A good lesson was learned last week as the Greencastle-Antrim School Board contemplated whether to keep operating its own transportation system with drivers as employees, or outsource it by beginning now to have a contractor take over some of the bus routes.

There were several sides to this issue — cost, people’s jobs (the drivers) and the students’ familiarity with the current driver corps. It’s unfortunate that there didn’t appear to be a lot of information out there prior to this impending decision. Kudos to the bus drivers for being proactive in putting the issue in front of the public before the board considered it.  

 Ultimately the board decided to maintain operating its own transportation system. And it appears that the cost analysis made the decision a no-brainer. The district can run its transportation system less expensively than that offered in bids from a number of contractors.

Since the financial part of this issue really made the decision, the other two components didn’t come into play. One wonders what would have happened had the more emotional parts of this issue have had to be considered. We feel sure that we will always also pass that test with the goal continuing to be with the best interests of the students in mind.