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Am I Next? First Student loses contract.

It is a well-known story among employees of contracted service providers. Cincinnati, Ohio-based First Student, a leading provider of school bus transportation to public and private schools, has lost the contract to provide busing services to the Kansas City Public Schools and will be closing its Kansas City facility and laying off 293 employees.

In filing a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act notification with the State of Missouri, the company noted, “The loss of this contract effectively ends our business interests in the Kansas City, MO., district," the letter states. "As a result of these sudden, unforeseen business circumstances, First Student expects its location to experience a permanent closing.”

Even though First Student’s bid was significantly lower, it appears that the school system awarded its 3-year $45 million contract to Student Transportation of America, partly on the basis of technology which allows parents to track the location of the child’s school bus. First Student is threatening a lawsuit.

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?