TRANSPORTATION OF PUPILS
33-1510. Contracts for transportation service. (1) All contracts entered into by boards of trustees for the transportation of pupils shall be in writing using the current pupil transportation model contract developed by the state department of education. School districts may attach to the model contract addenda to meet local requirements. School districts shall submit to the state superintendent of public instruction a copy of the pupil transportation contract prior to both parties signing it, for a review of legal requirements and appropriate costs and for final approval. The state superintendent of public instruction shall respond to the school district within twenty-one (21) calendar days of the postmarked receipt of the contract by notifying the school district of contract approval or of recommended or required changes. A school district may appeal to the state board of education any changes the state superintendent requires, in which case the state board may, upon review, approve the contract without such changes.
(2) No contract shall be executed covering a period of time exceeding five (5) years. School districts shall advertise, bid and contract for all bus transportation service routes at a single time, and contract with the lowest responsible bidder or bidders meeting the specifications; provided that, one (1) time only, a school district may renew a contract with the current contractor if the board of trustees, after renegotiation with the contractor, determines that the terms are satisfactory to the district. The board of trustees may renew the contract for a term not to exceed five (5) years. Renewal of any contract pursuant to this section shall not be granted unless the provisions of this section were included, in a substantially conforming summary, within the bidding notice, published pursuant to section 33-601, Idaho Code, of the contract.
(3) Before entering into such contracts, the board of trustees shall invite bids by twice giving notice as provided in section 33-402(2), Idaho Code, and shall award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder.
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (2) of this section and any provision of law or rule to the contrary, contracts that receive federal funding pursuant to the federal clean school bus program, 42 U.S.C. 16091, may exceed five (5) years but may not exceed ten (10) years.
[33-1510, added 1963, ch. 13, sec. 88, p. 27; am. 1987, ch. 9, sec. 1, p. 14; am. 1989, ch. 3, sec. 1, p. 4; am. 1997, ch. 40, sec. 2, p. 76; am. 1997, ch. 176, sec. 1, p. 495; am. 2004, ch. 136, sec. 1, p. 462; am. 2004, ch. 254, sec. 1, p. 725; am. 2009, ch. 171, sec. 6, p. 549; am. 2009, ch. 341, sec. 49, p. 1025; am. 2011, ch. 151, sec. 18, p. 428; am. 2022, ch. 87, sec. 1, p. 251.]