So. district school bus contract to increase more than $750,000

SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District is looking to reduce the number of bus routes it offers students in an effort to lower transportation costs following an increase of over $750,000 on its new contract with the Massini Bus Company, the sole bidder on the contract.

The decision to accept the bid has drawn criticism from the Sheffield Board of Selectmen.

District Business Administrator Christine Regan brought the bid before the school committee for approval at its Feb. 2 meeting. The bid, which was put out jointly with the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, came in on Jan. 31, with Massini being the only company to bid on the contract. Regan noted that the bid is based on the number of bus routes the district currently has.

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