First Student

Victoria Lunacek

School buses are ubiquitous in northern Illinois. For parents, they're key to getting children to school, and for everyone, they're a significant presence on the road. Brian Scott is Terminal Manager for the buses at Rockford Public Schools. He says it's important for drivers to obey the stop sign that swings out when the buses are unloading children.

"If you are on a two-lane road and you are trailing a school bus or approaching a school bus, all traffic needs to stop when that stop sign comes out," he said.

The Rockford School Board voted 5-2 in favor of a bid from Ohio-based First Student to outsource its bus driver jobs.

The bid was around $35.7 million over three years,  according to the Rockford Register Star. If the bid is accepted, Rockford Public Schools would retain control of its fleet and bus routes. Current bus drivers would be hired at existing pay and benefit levels, but they no longer would pay into the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.