Vandalia schools replace bus system

Vandalia Butler School District. (WDTN Photo/Maytal Levi)
Vandalia Butler School District. (WDTN Photo/Maytal Levi)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami Valley school district solved busing concerns that plagued the district for more than a year.

The Vandalia-Butler School District replaced First Student as its transportation provider following several routing errors and accidents during the last school year.  The company was involved in at least four separate accidents. That is one of the reasons the school district isn’t using them this year.

The district bought 24 new buses and kept five used buses to form its own fleet. They also hired a separate bus service called Community Bus to provide routing and drive students around.

“I’m excited to work with them, they talk like regular people, people who are concerned about transporting safely, student from point A to point B and not so much worried about their bottom line or profit margin” said Mark Barhorst, director of human resources and operations.

The new buses cost around $1.9 million, which was paid for with a combination of state and local tax money. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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