The deadline for Huntington School District residents to request transportation of their children to a non-public school during the 2017/18 school year is April 1. Late requests will not be honored nor will any request seeking a change in transportation after April 1 that results in additional cost to the district, even if there is a change in schools.
It’s a monumental undertaking to safely transport more than 5,200 eligible students to dozens of schools each day. But, the Huntington School District’s transportation department does all it can to see that the task is accomplished in the most efficient way possible.
While most students are bussed to Huntington’s eight public schools, the district also transports school age residents to 38 parochial/private schools and 23 special needs schools on Long Island as required by law during the 2016/17 school year. The district most recently contracted for 53 large buses and 88 vans.
Vita Virgilio is the district’s school transportation coordinator. Prior to coming to Huntington, she worked for WE Transport/Towne Bus for 10 years and was an assistant dispatcher and executive administrative assistant at DBA Transportation in Bohemia from January 2010 to February 2015. Her responsibilities included identifying and solving all transportation problems and serving as the point of contact for parents and schools; motivating and teaching drivers and driver assistants; monitoring routes for efficiency and accuracy; covering driver shortages; serving as liaison for management with parents and schools; attending bid openings and correlating results to determine lowest responsible bidder; tracking trends in pricing and services; investigating billing discrepancies with school districts.
Huntington’s transportation coordinator was previously employed by Nassau County as a buyer and contract manager. She oversaw contracts for numerous county agencies, wrote and executed formal and informal bids and prepared documents for the county legislature.
The Huntington School District’s transportation budget for the 2016/17 is about $10.3 million.