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Newtown Sued Over School Bus Contract

Suit reportedly alleges Newtown school officials played favorites in awarding contract to All-Star Transportation.

The owner of a school bus transportation company that had submitted a low bid to the School District in the hopes of winning a contract is reportedly suing the Town, the school district, the school board, and the owner of the newly-contracted service provider, All-Star Transportation, alleging that school officials played favorites in

As per a report in the Newtown Bee, Tom Adams, owner of MTM Transportation, one of seven companies to bid on the contract, alleges in the lawsuit that All-Star "" to the town because company owner John Dufour "did not want to compete against local drivers for work." But the company nevertheless submitted bids to the school district because Newtown district Business Manager Ronald Bienkowski and Superintendent Janet Robinson "had previously worked with All-Star in another school district and had a working relationship with them," the report states, citing the lawsuit.

In an — — 53% of 276 visitors predicted , while 38 percent said the owner-operator arrangement would continue. All-Star — which takes over as the town's school bus service provider July 1 — was the second to lowest bidder out of a total of seven companies that submitted bids.

In a separate matter, the 33 owner-operators currently serving the town have filed an action with the state Department of Labor , entitled to contract renewal negotiations, or independent contractors, according to the Newtown Bee report. If it is ruled they are a collective bargaining unit, it could render the town's contract with All-Star null and void and re-open the negotiations.

[Note: The original version of this article erroneously stated that the lawsuit was brought by the current owner-operators, not Tom Adams, and since been updated. Patch apologizes for the error.]

Sam Mihailoff April 17, 2012 at 07:20 PM
thanks for the current "up-to-date" information...INCREDIBLE!!!
sadielee April 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
By the time the town is done paying attorneys its break even and we are stuck with a bunch of no name $10 dollar an hour drivers
usa1776 April 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I hope our owner-operators win. This was a mistake from the beginning.
Richard Hooker April 17, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Instead of working with the locals, the town decided against what was good for our image. Who wants some bs corporation, when we should be supporting our local companies. Its like we are inviting an applebees to open in place of figs.
Sam Mihailoff April 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_F5XeOmeQk
Bob Attanasio April 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Selective fiscal responsibility - that's what you want? This was the right decision, and now that the O-O's, who have been overcharging for years, are looking for more. Something for nothing - the new American way. You whine about small discretionary expenses because you weren't consulted, but are indignant about saving millions. Now, those who have benefited from being self-employed want to be considered employees when it fits their need. The only ones that win are the lawyers.
sadielee April 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM
millions? nope. not even close, not when it is all said and done. By the way- what was their benefit to being considered self-employed?
Carey Schierloh April 18, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Mr. Barnard, the Newtown Bee did not state that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Owner/Operators. It states it is on behalf of Tom Adams, an Owner/Operator. Please correct your article.
Jason Ile April 20, 2012 at 04:40 AM
The right decision??? They were the second lowest bidder. You would think in a time of recession we would want to select the lowest bidder. Why would you want to pay more for the same service you would get from the lower bidder. So your telling me that just because you feel like they were over charging for there service. They shouldn't be considered for another contract with the town? I always thought the whole idea behind getting people to submit bids was to get the pick the one who is willing to do the job for the lowest price. And about the whining part it seems like you are the one whining.

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