POCONO TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Jobs ar eon the line in the Pocono Mountain School District. 

Officials want to outsource its transportation system. Wednesday evening, the district held a public hearing ot hear a proposal from First Student, a private school bus company. If the school board approves them they would take over their transportation operation. 

The company suggest the district could save $3 million a year. Bringing their overall cost from $15 million to $12 million. Nearly 200 district employees are worried they will lose their jobs. 

“It’s not only our bus drivers but its our whole transportation department. Its our mechanics, it’s our monitors, our dispatchers, our secretaries. It effects everybody in our department,” Dawn Cello, President of Pocono Mountain ESP. 

“The people who are already here who are doing it for us, they know the area, they know our children,” said Carissa Melillo, Pocono Township resident who has children in the district. 

“The board wanted to explore the safety, efficiency and cost of our operations as to compared to what, could be offered by a private company,” said Wendy Frable, Public Relations Director at Pocono Mountain School District. 

The district will only consider First Student if they would hire all district employees in the transportation department. If approved, current employees worry pay, retirement and healthcare would be chopped.