School Board set to renew Ecco Ride contract at Thursday meeting

The Natchitoches Parish School Board will vote to approve an updated Ecco Ride Contract Extension at its meeting Thursday night, Feb. 4. The current contract expires June 2021.

Waskom discussed this at the January meeting and again at Tuesday night’s committee meeting, Feb. 2. The Ecco Ride bid accepted at the June 2018 meeting has created an estimated $1.2 million savings versus the Durham Bus Service company the School Board was using previously.

Waskom is asking Board members to extend the contract for 5 years, which will create a $747,760 additional saving gain by lowering the yearly scheduled increase of 2.3% to 0% for the first year. It will then be set at 1.85% for years 2-5.

Superintendent Grant Eloi, Waskom and board members have all praised Ecco Ride for being outstanding in how they’ve improved bus transportation in the district.