HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- It's almost time for Huntsville City Schools to pick a bus provider for the next school year.
WAAY 31 has learned that the school board will be presented with a contract with a new company at Thursday night's school board meeting.
It's no secret that the current bus company, Durham School Services, has clashed with parents and the school system throughout the current contract.
Huntsville City School Board President Elisa Ferrell told WAAY 31 it's important that the school board accepts a bid from a bus company very soon so that everything is ready by July 1, 2018.
The school district outlined some added criteria for it's next bus contract, including air conditioning in every bus, along with wifi.
WAAY 31 learned from the district that another requirement is to have bus drivers paid $20 per hour -- which is a big increase from the current hourly rate of $15.
School board officials said they believe a higher wage will lead to more qualified drivers.
Ferrell said a handful of vendors submitted bids for the contract, and that the director of operations will present the board with the top choice at Thursday night's meeting.
The contract will only last one year, but will include an option to be renewed for an additional four years.