By DAVE GYMBURCH Staff writer

Rome-based Birnie Bus Service, Inc. will be driving some new routes in Florida with over 200 new buses.

The company announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract to provide student bus transportation in the Duval County School District that includes the Jacksonville area.

The contract will provide part of the district’s transportation needs, according to an announcement issued to Florida media outlets. The Birnie company won the contract in a competitive bid, said a report by firstcoastnews.com.

The company "will be purchasing 200 brand new 2012 state-of-the-art school buses for the students in the Duval County School District," said the announcement. In addition, it "will be looking to hire over 200 school bus drivers and 75 bus monitors for this contract. Birnie will also be looking for people who want a career, not just a job."

Birnie officials could not be reached for comment this morning, nor could Duval County school representatives. The Birnie company website includes a "welcome Duval County School District" message, and states it is "proud to have been selected" by the district. It also lists job application details with separate documents for Florida and for New York.

Based at Griffiss park, Birnie has 18 locations throughout New York State, with over 1,400 employees and a fleet of over 900 school buses. It has provided the Rome school district’s main busing services for 64 years.

The company in 2010 was awarded a new three-year contract with the Rome district that included a first-year bid of about $5.5 million.

The family-owned company was founded in 1947.