Purdy schools launches new bus fleet

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Purdy Superintendent Steven Chancellor greets representatives from Midwest Transit Equipment of Nixa, in front of one of the district’s newly purchased buses. Pictured from left: Joe Worley, lead technician; Robby Davis, bus prep manager; Joe Crabtree, regional sales manager; Chancellor, and Frank Wittmers, operations manager. Contributed photo

Upgrade provides upgraded resources, smoother ride

Recently Midwest Transit Equipment of Nixa oversaw the delivery of five of the six buses for the Purdy school district. The district purchased two buses and leased four in order to establish what Superintendent Steven Chancellor described as a “routine replacement cycle.”

"It was a great day to be an Eagle!” said Chancellor.

Each of the new buses holds 72 passengers, which increases the number of possible riders on several of the district’s routes. They are also driver and maintenance friendly, each with a standardized engine, transmission and chasis. The district’s top priority in the acquisition of the buses was increased student safety.

“The process of maintaining our buses will be far more efficient now that every bus is the same," said Chancellor.

“The buses are designed to run quieter on the roads, which means a quieter, safer interior. These buses are also designed specifically for the types of roads our drivers encounter each day. They have newer, better suspension and transmission, which provides an added element of safety. One of our new buses is perfectly designed for the hilly terrain common in the McDowell community."

As students left the building at the close of day they boarded the new buses added to the Purdy fleet. The excitement was palpable as kids checked out their new rides and greeted their drivers with big eyes, huge grins and gasps of delight.

One young rider exclaimed, “The new buses are awesome! Thank you to whoever got them for us.”

Chancellor told school board members students said they could hear each other inside the new buses.

Julie Keeler, transportation director and bus driver, beamed as her riders boarded for the trip home.

“It’s an exciting day, not only for the drivers and the school district, but also for the kids," Keeler said. "It’s exciting to see them excited about their new buses.”