CLIFTON PARK — The Shenendehowa Central School District is working on refurbishing out-of-commission school buses into district service vehicles.
While Shen auctions off a significant number of its decommissioned school buses, the district has found ways to reintegrate a handful of buses back into district service, even if they aren’t on the road.
The two latest projects were a large wheelchair bus that was in the bus fleet for 11 years. That vehicle was converted into a large service vehicle for the shop. This included painting it white, removing all the seats except one passenger seat, installing a hot start, air compressor, push bumper and tool box.
This bus will primarily be used for road service, starting buses in the bus compound during cold weather and moving non-running buses into and out of the shop. The wheelchair lift will be used as a tailgate lift. The district will also use the bus to move tires and heavy parts to lessen the strain on employees.
Another small bus was converted a short time ago for the Information Services Department to use for summer projects and to service the district's schools throughout the year. That project involved seat and window removal, repainting, and the installation of a camera.