Safety is always the number one priority for school corporations. That’s why the Vigo County School Corporation is hoping to adjust their budget, allowing them to purchase new school buses.
When students get on the bus, there’s many things on their mind. How much home work do I have? What snacks are at home? For school corporations, the only thing on their mind is straight forward.
“Certainly student safety is a key issue and you don’t want children in buses that are more than 12 or 13 years old.” said VCSC Substitute CFO, Marvin Ward.
School corporations have many things to worry about in efforts of providing safe rides for students including yearly police inspections and state mandates.
“Statutes require we replace busses no more frequent than 12 years and the buses we will be replacing are older than 12 years old.”
Monday night when the school board meets VCSC will request up to 1.8 million dollars… in efforts to replace the buses that have reached the 12 year requirement.
“We don’t have our budgets approved yet so we are going to request the board approves up to 16 busses and our purchase order initially will be for 13 or 14 buses.”
After school bus crashes increased around the country, the conversation for seat belts has increased. How ever because the state doesn’t require seat belts. VCSC says the extra price tag makes the features un realistic at the time.
“The state school bus committee dictates what the specifications have to be and if they change to require seat belts we will make that change. But for right now we are staying with the recommendation of the state school bus committee on what needs to be on a bus.”