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Monticello Schools recently made a switch away from a provider they have been with for many years.

The school district was recently forced to part ways in their contract with Monticello Bus Service. Superintendent of Monticello Schools Dr. Vic Zimmerman explains state law requires the district to put out for bid for the bus services and Monticello Bus Service was outbid.

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Dr. Zimmerman says many in the community and school district were disappointed to end the contract with Monticello Bus Service. He says because they were outbid by nearly 100-thousand dollars, the only choice was to make the switch.

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The district had been with Monticello Bus Service for over 40 years. Monticello Bus had recently lost their contract with the Cerro Gordo district as well. Dr. Zimmerman says he has contacted Monticello's local legislators to discuss adjusting the law and giving local businesses, such as Monticello Bus Service, who have long standing relationships the opportunity to continue serving the local districts.

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Dr. Zimmerman also adds he has been in contact with the owners of Monticello Bus and they say things are still well with the company and he feels they understand the process and the way things are with schools financially.

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