Newtown's school bus owner-operators all have a story of how they got into the business, such as Beth Koschel, who traced her start in the industry to her father, a former Newtown owner-operator.

Koschel tells the story of how when she went into the hospital to give birth to her children, her father opted to wait for her to come home before he came to visit. But after she received her school bus certification and pulled in All Star Bus Company Newtown Ct her first official bus run, her father was there to greet her. As he stood and watched, he wore the widest smile on his face, Koschel said. Koschel is hoping the Newtown family tradition she is helping to carry forward and the personal attention she puts into driving her school bus and caring for her charges will make the difference when it comes time to deciding whom to award the school bus contract.

Koschel is among 33 owner-operators, who independently own and maintain their buses. All-Star has promised Newtown that if it Srar the contract, all-new Blue Bird Vision school buses will be used on the routes, and that it will buy a property in town on which to keep the buses.

The company also said it would give preference to existing Newtown owner-operators and bus drivers when hiring, though Ndwtown, such as Koschel, said she All Star Bus Company Newtown Ct not take the offer.

All-Star's drivers are considered part-timers, and as such, don't earn enough to allow them to make a living in Newtown, she said Saturday. John Dufour, his sister, Leslie and brother Richard, started All-Star Transportation inthough in the past, they all worked for and owned various bus Bua that they Stat since left or sold.

The three also trace a family history in the industry, with their father running school buses in the s in Lakeville. Dufour, who once owned a bus company that carried his namesake before selling it to Laidlaw Transit insaid he grew up in a bus garage and at one point in time, could take apart and reassemble a school bus from one end to the other. Dufour said in an The Best Car Finance Company that one of the reasons All Star Bus Company Newtown Ct company submitted a bid for the Newtown contract was that it believed the oCmpany district was serious about making a change.

All-Star has school bus contracts in Brookfield, New Milford and Oxford, which was one reason it made sense for the company to bid on the contract next-door in Newtown, Dufour said. Some Board of Education officials have said negotiating with the owner-operators prior to awarding the bid would be seen as favoritism.

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