DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – After more than 3 hours into the school board meeting Monday, DPS school board members passed a resolution to get 115 new schools buses in a 7-to-1 vote.
This means the school district will get 115 new buses either by purchasing them with a loan or leasing them. Currently, Dayton Public School has a fleet of about 200 buses. The average age of the buses is about 14 to 15 years old.
Experts who spoke Monday night, say the district should have been replacing buses much more frequently than they were.
Superintendent Rhonda Corr told 2 NEWS Monday that ‘there’s been years of neglect’ when it comes to buses.
District officials say the old buses have racked up major maintenance costs for the district. Under the new resolution, the district will have a 10-year-warranty on the 115 new buses. That means they will not have to pay for any parts, labor, or maintenance for 10 years.
“Children always come first,” Ohio Association of Public School Employees Field Representative Jim Tackett said. “But, you also got to make sure that they’re safe and the bus drivers safe. What we see a lot of times is theses buses are breaking down and they’re stranded. Like I said out there we have bus drivers sitting waiting for a bus because there’s not one road ready.”
No word on when they plan on getting the new buses. When we find out, we’ll update you.