|Activities bus still out of commission|
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The big white Chase County Schools activities bus hasn’t been on the road since it broke down Dec. 5 on a basketball trip to Cozad.
The 2008 Bus Coach International has been at Inland Truck Parts in North Platte since then, as mechanics try to determine the reason a wheel sensor alarm keeps going off.
CCS Bus Mechanic Del Rehn said a computer on the bus makes sure that “everything turns at the same time,” to protect the transmission and engine.
He said mechanics suspect that a wire in the wheel sensor has shorted. They have to trace the problem, and “they’re hoping that’s what it is,” Rehn added.
Staffing problems due to illness, as well as coordinating the project with vendors, has delayed finding the problem, Rehn noted.
CCS Superintendent Dr. Brad Schoeppey said a number of problems have arisen with the bus. Some are “pretty minor and some are user error.”
Paint has chipped off the bus, so it has been repainted, but the paint is chipping off again.
Rehn is creating a list of problems addressed by CCS and by the company the school purchased the bus from, Masters Transportation of Kearney.
The former bus was purchased in September 2012. It had 240,000 miles on it and cost $150,000 and the trade of two smaller buses the district wasn’t using.
Schoeppey at the time said the bus’s diesel engine can take up to one million miles.
The school board’s transportation committee is in the process of deciding the fate of the bus—if it should be kept or replaced, Schoeppey said.
The district is using a yellow activities bus and the old Longhorn bus to take students to away activities.