Holyoke City Councilors discuss bus driver contracts, children safety at meeting

Hampden County

Holyoke City Councilors met to discuss numerous of topics including the change in bus driver contracts Tuesday night.

City councilors discussed the school district’s decision to stop using mini-buses, wheelchair buses, and bus monitors.

Instead, they will use single staffed vans. Drivers say it puts the children’s safety at risk. One city councilor told 22News that he doesn’t agree with the change.

“I understand cuts need to be made and we are all about saving money but not here, not when it affects children, I just think its wrong,” said City Councilor Juan Anderson-Burgos of Ward 6.

The Holyoke school system says ultimately the changes will help contain the rising costs of transportation.

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