Meet Vandalia's New Bus Drivers

August 13th, 2015
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Meet Vandalia's New Bus Drivers

August 13, 2015

VANDALIA-- Vandalia-Butler Schools held a meet and greet Wednesday for the new bus drivers hired for the 2015-16 school.

The school district fired "First Student" the company charged with running the fleet during the 2014-15 school year, because of bus crashes, and incidents involving student arrival times.

"We obviously had our problems with First Student last year," said Mark Barhorst, Human Resources and Operations Director for Vandalia-Butler Schools, "They had a terrible start to the year and it just seemed like a long time to get it resolved."

Parents voiced their outrage to the district, and Firs Student was fired. They hired a company called "Community Bus" to take over the fleet.

"It just wasn't the service level that this community deserves," Barhorst said.

"Being late, getting picked up late, dropped off late, getting late to school," said parent Debbie Robinson, who said things became so bad with the drivers she pulled her kids off the buses last year.

She brought her family to the meet and greet with Community Bus drivers Wednesday.

"To see who we have as a bus driver, to make sure we don't have the same issues, because we don't want to go through that again," Robinson said.

The drivers aren't the only thing new for the new school year; new four-point camera systems are being installed on all 29 buses for added safety. The cameras are an upgrade from the two point cameras they previously had.

Community Bus says there will also be GPS systems installed, to the district can find out where drivers are if they're not on time.

For mom Debbie Robinson, the changes are enough to put her kids back on the bus for the new school year.

"I feel good about this company," Robinson said, "I think they're going in the right direction."