UPDATE: RPS 205 bus drivers to protest outsourcing services at Tuesday's meeting

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- UPDATE: Rockford Public Schools bus drivers and others announce plans to testify against outsourcing bus services in the district.

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In a statement given to 23 News earlier this month, RPS 205 said it will accept bids for the contract until Feb. 21 as part of the exploratory process. The current bus driver contract extends at the end of June.

The union says privatizing services could mean lower wages and benefits for the drivers -- and potential job losses.

RPS 205 said the board will review submissions after the deadline.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building located at 501 7th St. in Rockford.

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Some bus drivers for Rockford Public Schools could soon be out of a job as the district looks at options once its bus driver contract expires in June.

In a statement to 23 News, RPS 205 says the school board and administration are considering outsourcing among other options after the current contract ends on June 30.

Under the conditions of the current contract, the district sent out a letter to transportation union members last week explaining the possibility of outsourcing.

While the district has considered outsourcing in the past, RPS 205 will accept bids for the contract until Feb. 21 as part of the exploratory process.

RPS 205 says the board will review submissions after the deadline. Discussions and negotiations would follow in upcoming weeks.