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Transportation department adds propane-fueled bus to fleet, considers other alternative fuels

Transportation department adds propane-fueled bus to fleet, considers other alternative fuels

Beats

September 9, 2014

The transportation department added a propane-fueled bus to the bus fleet this summer, according to Ron Farrand, director of transportation and facilities. This bus is bus number 89 and replaced a diesel-engine bus of the same number; in the future, it is very likely that more propane-fueled buse...

Transportation department adjusts to extended schedule

Beats

March 12, 2014

The transportation department has adjusted its schedule to accommodate the extended schedule, which began March 6, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. “We had to adjust our start times to coincide with the school bell schedule. So just as you start early, we do too;...

Winter conditions cause bus malfunctions

Beats

March 1, 2014

Despite plugging the buses in every night, the transportation department still experiences delays and malfunctions due to the recent snow and extremely cold temperatures, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. “During cold weather (below freezing) we plug our buses...

Transportation department considering adding buses to next year’s fleet

Beats

January 27, 2014

The transportation department’s plans for the 2015 fiscal year include consideration for adding buses, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. “We have enough seating capacity on our bus fleet but we have a time problem in terms of getting students to school on time,...

Transportation department advises students to stay safe during winter weather

Beats

January 15, 2014

In light of the recent delays and school closings, Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation, said students should exercise caution when getting on and off of the buses. “Ice is (a) big concern. (Students) need to make sure they are clear of the bus when waiting for pickup and when...

Transportation department prepares for winter, advises students to stay safe

Beats

November 19, 2013

The transportation department has begun plugging the buses in at night due to the colder temperatures, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. “There’s not a lot of differences (with winter compared to other seasons) other than the bus drivers starting a little earlier...

Transportation department testing new cameras to monitor cars running stop arms

Beats

October 29, 2013

The transportation department is currently testing cameras that will take pictures of cars that run the stop arms, which are the stop signs on the side of the bus that open when the bus stops to let students on or off, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. The first of...

Transportation department to hire bus aides

Beats

October 15, 2013

To prepare for a normal turnover of bus aides, the transportation department is accepting applications for the position of a bus aide, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. Bus aides typically are on special needs buses to help; for example, they help with getting wheelchairs...

Transportation Department enacts policies to ensure accuracy

Beats

May 9, 2013

The Transportation Department instituted new guidelines for bus stop assignment changes and alternate pick-up and drop-off locations, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. “The stop assignment change was made to assure student residency in the school district and individual...

Transportation Department still hiring more bus drivers

Beats

April 18, 2013

The Transportation Department continues to hire more bus drivers as advertised on its website, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. “We are currently in pretty good shape for drivers,” Farrand said. “However, we continue to hire as we are experiencing our usual...

Transportation Department continues to look for new bus drivers

Beats

March 27, 2013

The Transportation Department plans to continue hiring new bus drivers, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. According to Farrand, although the bus driver shortage has been resolved, the department continues to train new bus drivers due to normal fluctuations in bus driver...

Transportation department encourages students to ride bus in winter

Students walk to buses after school near Main Cafeteria. Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation, said he recommends students use the bus service instead of driving in the winter due to the added safety features bus travel provides. PATEL/PHOTO

Beats

March 3, 2013

The transportation department continues to promote winter weather awareness and encourages students to choose the bus over driving themselves in the midst of winter, according to Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation. “Our website has many of the details describing why buses are saf...