CISD purchases 15 buses to replace older models

Carroll ISD recently approved the purchase of 15 new school buses. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Carroll ISD recently approved the purchase of 15 new school buses. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Carroll ISD recently approved the purchase of 15 new school buses. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Carroll ISD will have 15 new school buses joining its fleet.

At the Nov. 18 board of trustees meeting, the CISD board approved the purchase of the 15 buses for an amount not to exceed $1,585,000. The district plans to pay for the buses using 2017 bond funds.

In May 2017, CISD voters approved a $208 million bond focused on alleviating capacity issues as well as many upgrades and maintenance projects throughout the district. Part of the package included a plan to replace all 77 of the district's school buses and other vehicles over the next five years with a budget of $7.5 million, according to district documents.

The average life span of a bus is 10 years, and many of the district’s buses are 12-18 years old, according to district documents.

The buses will be 2021 gasoline buses equipped with three-point seat belts and a safety vision camera system, said Scott Wrehe, CISD assistant superintendent for financial services.


Fourteen of the 15 new buses will be able to seat 77 passengers, and one will seat 54 passengers, he said.

This marks the fourth phase of the the district’s efforts to gradually replace all 77 of its current buses over the next five years, per district documents. The new buses are expected to be delivered in four to six months.

All K-12 students will be on the new buses once they are delivered, Wrehe said.
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By Miranda Jaimes

Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.


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