2020 Mississippi Code
Title 37 - Education
Chapter 41 - Transportation of Pupils
§ 37-41-29. Private transportation of pupils shall be replaced by public transportation; continuation of existing or approval of new private contracts under certain circumstances; contents of contract
- It shall be the duty of the school boards, as existing private contracts providing for transportation of school pupils expire, to replace such private transportation with publicly owned transportation unless publicly owned transportation is deemed impractical. The school boards may acquire, when so requested by holders of private transportation contracts, from such holders of private transportation contracts, all buses which, in the opinion of the school boards, can be practicably operated as units of the public transportation system. The actual market value shall be paid therefor, said value to be determined by an appraisal by three (3) experienced and impartial citizens, the selection of whom shall be mutually agreed upon by the parties thereto.
- It shall be the duty of the school boards to approve the continuation of present private contracts providing for transportation of school pupils, or to approve new contracts entered into whenever it is deemed that the needs of the pupils can best be served by such method of transportation. However, in no case shall the amount allotted per pupil from state funds for transportation in facilities provided by private contracts exceed the amount allowed per pupil from state funds for public transportation in the same county and district.
- Before any money is allocated or disbursed from the state transportation funds to any school board which is transporting children under private contracts, written contracts shall be entered into by and between the respective carriers and school boards. A copy of each contract shall be filed with the superintendent of schools. The aforesaid contract shall contain, at a minimum, the cost of services to be provided to include all necessary bus routes as well as the cost of school-approved activities such as field trips, the length of the contract, the terms of the utilization of existing pupil transportation facilities and existing fleet of buses, if applicable, the necessary types and amounts of limits of insurance that will protect the district, to include Workers' Compensation Insurance, and the stipulation for the placement of district-identifying signage on all buses under contract, as required under Section 37-41-43. Certificates of insurance shall provide that a thirty-day prior notice of cancellation will be given to the district. The contractor shall comply with all state laws and the State Board of Education policies pertaining to pupil transportation services, including the requirement that (a) school buses used by such contractor shall comply with the Mississippi Minimum Standards for School Buses established by the State Board of Education, and (b) all school bus drivers employed by such contractor shall be trained and certified by the State Department of Education.
- Local school boards are not required to file a copy of any private contract for the transportation of exceptional children or the transportation of children under extraordinary circumstances with the State Board of Education.
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