School Bus Fleet

October 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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14 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 F ield trips, sports team competi- tions, band, play, choir rehears- als and performances and school dances all help students get a bet- ter-rounded education. Participating in these extracurricular activities can teach them as much about work ethic, team- work and responsibility as any of their classes. For many, who can't even get to school for classes without the beneft of a school bus service, extracurricular trans- portation is particularly critical to their ability to access these events. Despite budgetary challenges, many transportation departments have been able to accommodate some types of trips, using partnerships, team coaches as driv- ers, and even converting school buses to activity buses to save money, while keep- ing student safety top-of-mind. After all, National Highway Traffc Safety Admin- istration statistics show that students are 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends. Handling feld trip costs Paul Bailey, transportation director of Long Beach (Calif.) Unifed School Dis- trict, says feld trips are a big issue in school districts now, due to cost. His dis- trict has not had general fund money since 1979, and, consequently, hasn't paid for trips in a long time, but there has not been a big decline in trips because of lack of funding. Instead, Long Beach Unifed has re- ceived outside funding for feld trips for Keeping students safe, simplifying coordination, and equitability are just some of the benefts that running school bus service for extracurricular student activities offers. Strapped districts keep costs down through partnerships and being creative with their feets. BY NICOLE SCHLOSSER, MANAGING EDITOR Extracurricular Bus Service Provides Safe Access to Learning, Experiences Richfeld Springs (N.Y.) Central School ensures a safe and equitable prom experience for all students by providing a "yellow limo" for transportation. Photo by Laurie Smith

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