When my grandfather was young the schools were small and all the children were educated together in one room. His school did not have a bus or any type of transportation. Earlier this year, the Columbia School Board began examining the cost of maintaining our aging fleet. The cost of parts and tires were mounting and could be minimized if only our fleet was newer. The newest bus in our old fleet was built in 2003 and one of the older busses was built in 1991. Due to the age of the fleet, it was time to upgrade the safety aspects for our students and their drivers. In the end, the cost of the old fleet, the parts, tires, and maintenance of our old busses was comparable to leasing a fleet of new busses.
After studying the bus situation the Columbia School District Board of Education arranged to lease new busses for two years. This week the students who attend Columbia School District are riding on new busses! One of the positive aspects of the new busses is that the seatbacks are taller and provide increased safety for our children. Because the engines and transmissions are new and more reliable there is less chance of breakdowns. In addition, the busses have digital cameras and new radios.
As you are driving around town, keep a lookout for our new busses. They are clean, shiny and most of all safe for their precious cargo. If you are interested in taking a tour of one of our new busses or learning more about Columbia Schools, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 517.592.6641.