Monday, November 28, 2016 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
The Chicago Tribune has published an article today about Bellwood School District 88, which apparently has paid $605,000 to People Cab Co. since 2011 on transportation services for homeless and special education students.
“More than half — or $311,000 — of those expenses were authorized by the board during the past two school years alone, records obtained by the Tribune show.”
The contract with People Cab, which was approved without a bidding process, was supported by Marilyn Thurman, D88’s school board president, pictured above left. The Tribune claims that the father of Thurman’s son drives for the company.
Thurman, (who along with the district’s superintendent, Rosemary Hendricks, declined to comment on the story), said that she supported the no-bid contract with People because it’s difficult predicting the monthly transportation needs, or the number, of the district’s homeless and special education students.
The Tribune reported that less than 2 percent of Bellwood’s student population was homeless at some point in the 2015 school year (or 42 students). In nearby Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89, 67 students were homeless at some point that year. And Berkeley School District 87 had 21 students experience homelessness in 2015.
“In contrast, the Berkeley and Maywood districts spent a combined $47,000 that year, a fraction of the nearly $192,000 spent in Bellwood,” the Tribune notes.
To read the full Tribune article, click here. VFP
Photo credit: Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune