The Mehlville School District has just received a long needed update to its transportation department, as ten new buses arrived just in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. The funding for the new buses came from the revenue being generated by Proposition R, which was passed by District voters in November 2015.
The District has a fleet of 100 buses to transport students to 16 schools, the John Cary Early Childhood Center and for many after school activities. “These new vehicles will make a huge difference for the department,” said Transportation Director Dan Gilman. “The older buses require a lot of man-hours due to their maintenance needs and that just isn’t very efficient. And the cost of engine and transmission repairs grows dramatically with high mileage vehicles.”
For many years, the District hasn’t had a solid replacement plan for its aging bus fleet. That is something that Chief Financial Officer Marshall Crutcher has been working to change. “You can’t afford to let all of your buses get old at the same time,” stressed Crutcher. “Replacing a handful of buses every year is financially wiser than waiting ten years and learning you need to buy 40 buses all at once. I want to thank the voters of this District for making this replacement plan a reality.”
The old buses that have been replaced are either being sold off to third party purchasers for limited use or are being sent to the scrap yard.