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Massapequa Schools Planning Alternatives After Bus Company Files For Bankruptcy

Officials look to combat possible December disruptions.

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Massapequa school officials are looking to find alternative  transportation plans in the wake of the bankruptcy filing by Atlantic Express Transportation Corp.

The Staten Island-based company declared bankruptcy on Nov. 5 and may cease operations on Dec. 31, if they don't come to a contract agreement with their employees, according to the Staten Island Advance.

The company provides busses to the Massapequa school district and Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock said they're taking the Chapter 11 filing seriously.

“We want to assure our residents that we are well aware of what is at stake if Atlantic Express ceases operation,” Adcock said. “We are making every effort possible to put an alternate plan in place in the event that some of our service is interrupted.”

The district said that there has been speculation of a possible sale to another carrier or that they may continue to operate while reorganizing under bankruptcy law. 

But Adcock said the district's priority is “to ensure that the transportation of our students continues seamlessly and as stress-free as possible.”

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