School district grows its transportation fleet

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Sealy Independent School District will add two new school buses to its fleet to keep pace with the growth it is experiencing.

At a Nov. 16 regular board of trustees meeting, Randall Krchnak with the district’s maintenance and transportation department gave a brief presentation to the board detailing two bids that were received.

The first bidder was from Rush Bus, a premier bus dealer that sells and services Bluebird, Collins, Elkhart and IC Bus school and commercial buses at 10 Rush Bus Centers in five states, according to its website.

Longhorn Bus, the second bidder, offers mechanical and electrical service and repair needs for all school bus models per their website. With their CE Series buses, the company speaks of “a common sense approach to student transportation.”

Trustees voted unanimously to go with Longhorn bid for the purchase of one regular and one special needs school bus.

The special needs bus, which comes air conditioned, is a 53-passenger 2018 Blue Bird equipped with two econo roof hatches, four pushout windows with two on each side of the bus, a sleeping electronic child check system, a wheelchair lift with four chair positions and a front and rear facing video surveillance to capture loading area. It is listed at $94,374.

The regular school bus is a 71-passenger 2018 Blue Bird with two econo roof hatches, four pushout windows, an electronic sleeping child check system, and a front, midpoint and rear facing video surveillance to capture loading area. This bus costs $82,273.

Each bus comes with a five year, 100,000-mile warranty coverage, engine warranty and warranty on the Allison Transmission.

Combined, the bus purchases come in $3,353 under budget cost, Krchnak said.

“We’re choosing to go with Longhorn. That’s the cheaper bid of the two,” he said, which is preferable to his department because of services problems with Rush Bus.

So, now with the new buses rolling in, anticipation for the new elementary school, which meet the construction stage sooner rather than later, can continue to build.

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