The Reeds Spring School District fulfilled its promise to use voter-approved funds to replace its aging bus fleet. The district recently purchased seven new Bluebird buses.
“It was important to get new buses because as our fleet ages, we are spending more in repairs and upkeep,” said Director of Transportation Carlos Haynes.
Prior to last year’s ballot issue asking for a no-tax-increase bond issue, the district said some of the money would be used on buses. More than 75% of voters approved the measure.
These new buses include several important safety features, including backup cameras, side lights that help drivers see students getting on and off of the bus, and taller seats, which are required by the National Transportation Safety Board.
These new buses run on gasoline instead of diesel. They require less maintenance and are more fuel efficient.
“The power is still good and we get a very safe, clean alternative and they are quiet as well,” Haynes said. “ We are excited about the opportunity these buses afford us in lower costs long term.”