Bus Proposition Maintains A Top-Notch Fleet Through New Vehicles

Though Jamestown Public Schools is considered a “walking school district,” the district transports more than 700 students each day by school bus, van or car. The district is required by education law to transport students including, but not limited to, special needs students, and students who live outside the city boundaries or must cross through designated “safety zones.” In addition, we transport all of our universal prekindergarten students, increasing attendance at this critical age.

District residents will vote on a proposition Tuesday to purchase five school buses at the cost of $606,000 through a five-year lease. Just like your personal car, once the maintenance costs become too prohibitive, school buses need to be replaced for reliability and the safety of the students that are being transported. The school buses the district will replace if voters approve the proposition are on average nine years old, some with mileage in excess of 130,000 miles. The district’s bus mechanics routinely perform regular repairs and maintenance on our entire fleet including preventive maintenance inspections every 42 days in addition to a six-month Department of Transportation inspection. JPS bus mechanics have maintained a 96 percent Department of Transportation passing rate through diligence, attention to detail, input from our drivers and, of course, the purchase of new buses that JPS voters approved in prior year’s budget votes.

Despite all of our efforts, with harsh winters, corrosive chemicals such as salt, and high mileage, school buses need to be replaced on a regular basis. To maximize the value to the community that we serve, the new buses will be specified with Cummins engines, 10-year corrosion warranty, 10-year engine and transmission warranty and four camera video and audio surveillance systems.

By replacing five new buses in the 2014-15 budget, JPS voters will continue to provide top quality transportation for its students with the maximum level of safety.