DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Thursday night, Dothan City Schools (DCS) officials considered a request to purchase more school buses to accommodate special needs students.
Jay Bruner, director of transportation at DCS, said as the special needs population expands, more buses are needed to transport students. In addition, according to Bruner, the current buses are starting to show their age,
Currently, DCS has 15 special needs buses and over 20 children in wheelchairs. The school system transports about 165 special needs children each day. Bruner told WDHN those buses are more than 15 years old.
With increasing mechanical failures due to the buses being worn out, he thinks now is the perfect time to replace them.
“Right now is a great time to replace those buses,” Bruner said. “It’s safer for the kids and more efficient. Our special needs population is a growing population that we transport so we definitely need to make sure we’re serving those children.”
Each school bus costs around a $101,000 each.
Special needs buses costs more than regular ones due to air conditioning and lifters for students in wheelchairs.
Board officials will make their final vote on the special need buses Monday, April 19th.