April 19, 2012Superintendent Kathryn S. Matayoshi HAND DELIVERYHawaii State Department of Education1390 Miller StreetHonolulu, Hawaii 96813 RE: APPROPRIATION REQUEST FOR TRANSPORTATION COSTSDear Superintendent Matayoshi: Over the past week, it would appear that numerous communications have been issued by theDepartment of Education concerning student bus transportation services for School Year 2012-2013,based on the deliberations currently taking place on the State Budget. Among them were: • A flyer issued by Assistant Superintendent Randolph G. Moore dated April 13, 2012, listing schools throughout the State that may have bus service eliminated; • An email dated that same day from Communications Director Sandra Goya stating that the Department has decided to hold off on distributing Assistant Superintendent Moore’s communication; and • An email dated April 19, 2012 from Complex Area Superintendent Patricia Park, urging DOE employees to contact myself and Senator David Ige, Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means, to ‘Influence decision makers regarding funding the $20M shortfall for public school buses/transportation.” As a matter of fairness, I request the opportunity to clarify my position on this issue as Chair ofthe House Committee on Finance. As your Department saw fit to distribute certain information toparents and teachers, it is my hope that you will do the same with this letter. As an elected legislator, it is my responsibility along with my colleagues in the House and theSenate, to ensure that the limited resources provided by taxpayers are used efficiently, effectively, andresponsibly. Further, as Chair of the House Committee on Finance, I have been directed to specificallyreview all of the requests for resources received and provide recommendations that best meets theneeds of the entire State. This is an awesome responsibility which I take very seriously.
Letter to Superintendent Kathryn S. MatayoshiApril 19, 2012Page 2 The request made by the Department of Education for transportation services has raisedserious questions. Here are just a few points to consider: • Under the terms of the current bus contract as negotiated between the Department of Education and bus companies, the cost to transport kids to and from school each year is $79 million. This exceeds the total budgets of seven entire State Departments — Agriculture; Business, Economic Development and Tourism; Defense; Office of the Governor; Labor; Land and Natural Resources; and the Lieutenant Governor. • Under the current contracts, taxpayers pay $76 of the $79 million, or 96% of the total amount. • The federal government requires that the State pay for special education students to ride the school bus, which accounts for only $35 million. My question to you is this — How does the remaining $44 million get paid? • Families must pay around $270 for their children to ride the bus annually. As only 50% of the riders are paying, your Department collects approximately $2.75 million toward the total transportation costs. The State must therefore pick up nearly 94%, or $41 million of the total cost, all of which comes from taxpayer dollars. • Under current contracts, the cost of transporting a child to and from school runs about $1,251 annually. Taxpayers must pay $1,171 of this, while your Department pays only $80 from fares collected. This calculates to families paying 50 cents per day for round trip transportation to and from school for their child. The average round-trip distance on Oahu is 15 miles and for neighbor islands, 20 miles. • As families pay only 50 cents per day for their child to ride the bus, the cost to all State taxpayers to provide this service daily is an additional $6.50. In other words, the State is subsidizing each student $6.50 per day to ride the school bus. For this amount, taxpayers could buy four (4) annual City and County bus passes for every child who currently rides the school bus. And with a City and County bus pass. the child would have access to bus services on school days, after school, weekends, and holidays and could go anywhere on the island. If the general public knew of this, I’m sure they would be as outraged as I am. Clearly,something is wrong with the way your Department is managing the school transportation services.The millions that are being spent inefficiently are wasted. The millions that are wasted should be putto better use.
Letter to Superintendent Kathryn S. MatayoshiApril 19, 2012Page 3 Your Department has taken the extreme and inflammatory position that if the status quo is notcontinued, your Department will cease services to communities throughout the State. From my view,this is irresponsible fear-mongering. Unfortunately, this seriously puts into question the managementand credibility of your entire Department. Finally, I take great umbrage to Complex Area Superintendent Park’s characterization that thebudgetary actions taken by the Legislature will “dramatically affect the quality of lifefor our ‘local’ andmilitary impacted students and their families. The decision will be [made] this coming Tuesday, April23 by the Conference Committee. Unfortunately, no testimonies can be given at the closed meeting.”[Emphasis added.] Not only is the suggestion premature and speculative, it fails to explain the alternativesavailable and being considered by the DOE itself. Likewise, to suggest that the Conference Committeewould be “closed” to the public is to further incite public reaction based upon false and misleadingaccusations. That your Complex Area Superintendent would choose to mislead her colleagues is verydisappointing and reflects poorly on your Department. I welcome your thoughts on this and would greatly appreciate an opportunity to discuss thiswith you and Board of Education Chair Don Homer, in person, at your earliest convenience. Pleasecontact my office to schedule a time that best meets your availability. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 586-6200. Very Truly Yours, REPRESENTATIVE MARCUS R. OSHIRO Chair, House Committee on FinanceEnclosuresc: Governor Chair, Board of Education All Members, House of Representatives All Members, Senate
NEIL ABERCROMBIE KATHRYN S. MATAYOSHI GOVERNOR SUPERINTENDENT STATE OF HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION April 13, 2012IMPORTANT NOTICE: Student Bus Transportation Service Cuts for School Year 201 2-13Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:The Legislature is considering a budget bill that will decrease the Hawaii State Department of Education’s studentbus transportation budget by approximately $20 million.The final state budget is expected to be approved by the Legislature on May 3, 2012. A likely outcome is that mostregular school bus service will not be offered in school year 2012-13. A reduction to DOE’s transportation budgetby $20 million will potentially eliminate bus service for the following schools:Big Island • all middle/intermediate and high schools • elementary schools: De Silva, Haaheo, Hilo Union, Holualoa, Kahakai, Kalanianaole, Kapiolani, Kaumana, Keaukaha, Kealakehe, Waiakea, Waiakea Waena • EXCEPTION: Service will continue for Pahoa High & Intermediate, Keaau High, Keaau Middle, and Kau High and Pahala ElementaryKauai • all middle and high schools • elementary schools: Wilcox • POSSIBLE EXCEPTION: Kapaa Middle and Kapaa High students living beyond KilaueaMaui • all intermediate and high schools • elementary schools: Kahului, Lihikai, Pomaikai, Wailuku • EXCEPTION: students in grades K-5 at Hana High & Elementary will continue to have service • POSSIBLE EXCEPTION: some students in grades 6-12 at Hana High & Elementary, Maui High students living in Kihei, lao Intermediate and Baldwin High students living beyond Waihee, and Lahaina Intermediate and Lahainaluna High students living beyond KapaluaMolokai • Molokai Middle and Molokai High • POSSIBLE EXCEPTION: Molokai Middle and Molokai High students living in Maunaloa and beyond KaunakakaiOahu • all middle/intermediate and high schools • all elementary schools • EXCEPTION: Leihoku, Maili, Makaha, Nanaikapono, Nanakuli, Waianae elementary schoolsIn preparation for next school year, parents who planned to have their children ride the regular school bus shouldbegin exploring alternative transportation options to and from the schools listed above.The DOE will provide an update to this notice in May 2012. Email questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.Sincerely, ~c~&4L Randolph G. Moore Q~ Assistant Superintendent, DOE Office of School Facilities and Support Services PLEASE NOTE: Bus transportation services will continue without interruption for students in these categories: 1) Students with special needs receiving curb-to-curb services as provided in their Individualized Educational Plans; 2) Students who transfer to another school under the “school of choice” provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act; and 3) Homeless students. AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 4/12, AS 12-1206
From: Sandra Gova/UU/HIDOE~notes.k12.hi.us[mailto:Sandra Gova/LIU/HIDOEcSrnotes.k12.hi. us]Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:43 PMTo: Rep. Marcus OshiroSubject: IMPT UPDATE: Cancellation of bus memo for Friday April 13Importance: HighTo: Senate President Speaker Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair, House Finance Committee Chair, Senate Education Committee Chair, House Education CommitteeI am sending the following update on behalf of Superintendent Matayoshi and Asst. Supt. Moore.UPDATE:The Department of Education had planned to issue a memorandum today (Friday, April 13)regarding possible budgetary cuts to student bus transportation services for next school year(2012-13). It has decided to hold off on distributing this memorandum to parents and students inorder to review and consider the potential impact of implementing internal restrictions for non-school level funding as well as repurposing other funds for student transportation costs.Aloha,Sandra GoyaCommunications DirectorHawaii State Department of Education1390 Miller Street, Rm. 312Honolulu, Hawaii 96813office: (808) 586-3232direct: (808) 586-3237cell: (808) 753-5525email: sandy pova(ã~notes.k12.hi.usDOE website: doe.k12.hi.us—— Forwarded by Sandra G0yaISUPTIHIDOE on 04/12/2012 08:34 PMFrom: Randy Moore/OSFSS/HIDOETo: reotpkumiC~icaoitol.hawaiiaov. repsavl8icaoitol.hawaii.aov, ~sentsutsuilä~caDitoI.hawaii.gov, seniae(d~caDitol.hawaiL..,Date: 04/12)2012 10:31 AMSubject: DOE flyer to parents of school bus rIdersTo: Senate President Speaker Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair, House Finance Committee Chair, Senate Education Committee Chair, House Education CommitteeLady and Gentlemen,
For your information, attached is a letter to parents that school bus drivers will distribute to schoolbus riders either tomorrow afternoon or Monday afternoon, advising them of pending school busservice reductions.[attachment “STS Flyer re suspension of school bus service 041312.pdf” deleted by SandraGoya/SUPT/HIDOE]During the next several weeks we will be refining the cost to suspend school bus service, eitherby canceling contracts and paying the contractors for the unamortized cost of buses, less theircurrent market value, or paying the idle bus charge that is set forth in contracts. We will alsocontinue to work with bus contractors on immediate cost reductions so that the service reductionscan be moderated.We expect to propose to the Board of Education in early May a firm plan to deal with thereduction in funds.RandyRandolph G. MooreAssistant SuperintendentOffice of School Facilities and Support Servicesphone (808) 586-3488fax (808) 586-3445************************************************************************** ** * * ** * **This email has been scanned by the Symantec Email Security.cloud service contracted bythe Hawaii Dept of Education.For more information please visit http://www.symanteccloud.com ** * * * *
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Colleagues,It is very urgent and imperative that you communicate with others to see if you caninfluence the decision makers regarding funding the $20M shortfall for public schoolbuses/transportation. Should there not be adequate funding, other then buses forspecial needs students, almost all of Oahu schools will no longer have school buses.This will dramatically affect the quality of life for our “local” and military impactedstudents and their families.The decision will be make this coming Tuesday, April 23 by the Conference Committee.Unfortunately, no testimonies can be given at the closed meeting.HOWEVER, THE APPROPRIATE LEADERS MUST RECEIVE YOUR LETTER, TEXT MESSAGE,PHONE CALLS, ETC. BY TOMORROW 4/20. Pertinent information at the end of the email.Please communicate this message to everyone today and encourage them to lend their“voices” by tomorrow.Thank you for your assistance and commitment especially with this “sense of urgency” -that we are facing RIGHT NOW.MAHALO.fondly,PatDavid Ige Chair, Senate Finance -email@example.comRoom 215586-6230Marcus R. Oshiro, Chair, House of Rep. Financerepmoshiro~cai,itol.hawaii.govRoom 306586-6200