Fayette school bus system rated highly 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

When it comes to efficiency, Fayette’s transportation system is looking even better this year than last.

Last year the district stood as the eighth best in the state among 602 school districts. The new state report for transportation efficiency shows Fayette in fifth place.

“The drivers and I are very proud of this accomplishment and will continue to do the best we can,” said administrative assistant Molly Graf in a letter to board members.

The Ohio Department of Education determines efficiency by looking at the number of regular education students who are transported per school bus in a district.

Adjustments are then made to account for the differences in physical size of a district and the population.

The ranking of districts determines funding and forces an administrator to examine the transportation system and look for more efficient ways to operate the bus service.

NEW BUS—At the Feb. 8 school board meeting, superintendent Russ Griggs was authorized to seek bids for the purchase of a new “micro bus” to transport special needs students.

In addition to the use of federal “stimulus funds” for the purchase, Griggs sees two other advantages.

The bus will be larger than the two vans currently used and in the future only one vehicle will be needed.

The new vehicle will be painted yellow like other school buses and will be safer to operate. It will also have a wheelchair lift.

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