- Rich Klein
ROLLING V vs FALLSBURG SCHOOLS CASE RESUMES TODAY -WHILE LIBERTY DISTRICT FILES SUIT VS BUS COMPANY
MONTICELLO - While a lawsuit filed back in June by Rolling V Bus Corp against the Fallsburg Central School District resumes today, Phil Vallone is now the defendant in a similar lawsuit filed against his company by the Liberty Central School District.
The common thread in both cases is that Rolling V is demanding monies it alleges are owed during 2020, based on contractural obligations.
But the Districts allege that Vallone has overcharged them - since COVID-19 not only dramatically impacted the finances of both districts but that the bus company was no longer picking up and dropping off students on a regular basis. And, both districts allege that Vallone was expecting to get paid the same amount for delivering student meals as it charged for student pickups and drop-offs that was standard before coronavirus hit.
In the lawsuit just filed by Liberty, for example, the District notes the mandatory closures of schools beginning March 16, 2020 (for two weeks) followed by subsequent permanent closures ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo for the balance of the school year that ended in June 2020.
Despite the closures, Liberty alleges that Rolling V billed for and demanded payments for April, May and June 2020.
The Rolling V Bus Corp. vs Fallsburg Central School District case, filed on June 18, resumes at 1:30 pm today before Justice Stephan Schick. (Coincidentally, Fallsburg School District was Vallone's first school district client when the company opened in Sullivan County in 1990).
The Liberty Central School District vs Rolling V Bus Corp. case has not yet been placed on the court calendar.
Rolling V is also the provider of the County's Move Sullivan service, as the company was the winning bidder. It is being paid $450,000 per year for the contract with the County that runs from 2020 to 2022.
ROLLING V SUIT VS FALLSBURG CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT