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County school buses ready to roll

Bus drivers logged 4.4 million miles last year

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SMITHFIELD — School bus mechanics, tune-up specialists, tire changers, bodywork experts and other Johnston County Public Schools transportation services workers have been busy for the past few weeks repairing or replacing engines, painting and performing maintenance to ready the district’s fleet of 306 buses for another year of duty.

Johnston County bus drivers are scheduled to pick up their buses on Friday, Aug. 23 with classes beginning on Monday, Aug. 26. Some 700 drivers are properly licensed and qualified to operate the buses this year, said Chase Ferrell, the school system’s auxiliary services and safety officer.

“Our primary goal each and every day is to ensure students make it to and from school safely,” said Ferrell. “We understand we are transporting the pride and joy of our parent stakeholders and we want them to have peace of mind while their children are riding JCPS buses.”

Ferrell said he was proud of team members’ dedication. He said they work diligently to meet their mission of transporting the students safely on a daily basis.

“We strive to provide our students with positive experiences during their bus routes, as our drivers are often the first school employee our students see in the morning and the last ones they come into contact with before walking to their doorstep,” Ferrell said.

Johnston County buses traveled more than 22,000 miles each day for a total of more than 4.4 million miles during the 2018-19 school year, Ferrell said. The bus fleet required 655,463 gallons of diesel fuel to operate.

Some 22,577 students are assigned to the buses for the upcoming school year.