Safety is a top priority in school systems, especially when it comes to transportation.
School buses require maintenance every day, but every year, some become too old to be included in the line-up.
There are 16 buses that need to be replaced in the Vigo County School Corporation right now. The school’s temporary CFO presented this information to the school board at their meeting Monday night.
Every year the school corporation advertises a 12-year bus replacement plan in the school’s budget. This year, the budget calls for 16 buses to be replaced.
However, depending on the approved budget, only 13 of those buses will be purchased immediately.
The Indiana State Police do their own inspections on buses twice a year that are at least 12 years old. That includes the 16 buses that Vigo schools are ready to replace. The ISP inspections are in addition to the daily routine inspections the school buses already get.
“Every time the bus goes on the road, the driver does a pre-trip inspection. Every time a bus goes in the shop for service, the mechanics do an inspection to make sure things are right. They don’t just wait until the state police tells them what’s wrong with a bus. They routinely repair buses,” says Marvin Ward, the school’s temporary CFO.
Ward says the lowest bid on new bus prices is $117, 884.
Superintendent Danny Tanoos says after the school gets new buses, they auction the old ones off. This is usually done through Wolfe’s Auto Auctions. Wolfe’s Terre Haute facility is located at 1717 E. Margaret Drive.