The Valley Central School District has been sued by Orange County Transit. In its lawsuit, Orange County Transit claims it is owed for transportation services it did not actually provide during the State ordered shutdown of schools from March to June 30, 2020. The lawsuit also alleges that Orange County Transit is entitled to be paid for its costs of cleaning its own buses during the present school year.
The New York State Education Department has given clear guidance to School Districts that State Aid will only be paid for the transportation of students.
The District has indicated its willingness to resolve this matter amicably without the expense of further litigation. However, through Bankruptcy proceedings, Orange County Transit has ceased operations for Valley Central effective today.
The District has assigned a short-term emergency contract to First Student and will immediately begin the process of hiring a new transportation contractor.
While Valley Central has paused in-person instruction, the District is obligated to provide transportation to students attending private, parochial, and out of district special education programs that continue in-person instruction. Students and families of these schools can expect transportation to resume tomorrow, December 1st.
Please be patient as First Student drivers become familiar with the routes.
Due to ongoing litigation, the District will have no further comment at this time but will continue to share updated information as it becomes available.