Transportation/Safety

Transportation/Safety Projects

The 2017 Bond Program included transportation, as well as safety and security projects at every CISD facility. 

UPDATE 3/20/19:
The third phase of buses from the 2017 Bond Program will begin coming in this spring. The delivery will include 13 new 77-passenger buses and two new 54-passenger buses. This delivery will bring the total of new 77-passenger buses that have been received in the first three phases to 34 buses. The new buses should be in service by the first week of April, at which time all K-8 riders will be on new buses with seat belts and up-to-date surveillance cameras purchased through the 2017 Bond Program.

new school bus 
 
more new buses

Carroll Bond Builders Show Off New Activity Bus
The Carroll Bond Builders are seen here in front of one of five new activity buses purchased as part of the 2017 Bond Program. The buses are designed for longer trips with seating similar to a charter bus but safety features more like a school bus. The seats are more comfortable and come with seat belts. There are no restrooms facilities in the bus, but students can take field trips and travel long distances for competitions and games in these activity buses.  The bond program provided five new activity buses over the life of the bond. These buses will help alleviate some, but not all of the expenses associated with renting charter buses for student travel. 
dragon activity bus

The buses are here! The buses are here!
The first phase of newly purchased school buses arrived in Carroll ISD during the summer of 2018. A total of eleven 77-passenger buses arrived, along with two 47-passenger buses, three special needs buses and two activity buses. The new buses are equipped with three-point seat belts and video surveillance equipment and were immediately placed into the route rotation for the 2018-2019 school year. The second phase of buses arrived soon after and they, too, were put into use for the 2018-2019 school year. After that, three more bus orders will be placed over the life of the bond program.

Historical Information:

School Bus & Activity Bus Purchases

Carroll ISD transports about 3,500 students a total of 2,000 miles back and forth to school daily. In addition, the district logs about 1,500 extracurricular trips during the school year. The district operates its own bus transportation system and employees about 67 drivers and monitors.

Because as a property-wealthy district the district does not receive transportation funding from the state, CISD charges a bus rider fee to transport students. Bus transportation is still the safest, most economical way for students to get to and from school.

During their year-long review, the Capital Needs Planning Committee (CNPC) heard presentations from the Transportation Department on current bus and vehicle inventories, fleet age, route counts, student rider trends and the pros and cons of buying diesel buses.

On October 16, 2017, the Carroll School Board approved the purchase of two (2) large activity buses using 2017 Bond funds through a purchasing cooperative contract with BuyBoard. At the following meeting November 13, 2017, Trustees approved the purchase of eleven (11) regular 77 passenger buses, three (3) Special Needs buses, and two (2) 47 passenger buses through a purchasing cooperative contract with BuyBoard.

This is Phase 1 or Year 1 of a five-year replacement plan that is explained in more detail through the links and charts below.

Related MySouthlakeNews.com Article:

Carroll ISD Board Approves Purchase of 16 New Buses

Carroll School Officials Plan To Replace All School Buses Over Next Five Years

Current Bus Fleet

Carroll ISD Bus Fleet Age

Bus Fleet Chart

Proposed Transportation Fleet Purchases

chart showing bus purchases

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Future Transportation & Safety/Security Projects

  • Additional Bus Purchases (Years 2-5)
  • Additional Surveillance Cameras
  • Additional Key Card Swipe Systems

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