Ada’s Oversight Hearing Suggests Solutions To School Bus Crisis

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Guam – Following an Oversight Hearing, Senator Tom Ada , Chairperson of the Committee on Transportation and Public Works, is optimistic that there are solutions for repairing DPW’s ailing school bus fleet.

The Senator said he was taken aback by DPW’s revelation that that only 40% of their 211 school buses are operational. And that is why he has written to Governor Felix Camacho suggesting a series of steps that may help resolve the problem.

One of the solutions that grew out of the Friday Oversight Hearing is to expedite the procurement on the parts needed to repair the buses that are not in service.

The GSA’s Chief Procurement Officer suggested that DPW should go on the internet to get an estimate of the cost for the parts needed to repair the buses.

And DPW Deputy Director Jesse Garcia assured Ada’s Committee that they are working on an estimate of how much would be needed to make the necessary repairs and they will transmit it to the Governors office this week so that supplemental funding can be identified from the existing budget.

In addition, Senator Ada said that, “DPW’s bus fleet could be augmented with buses from a private company, such as Kloppenburg. This company brought in 12 school buses from mainland that are to be used for the H2 workers in the military build up. These buses will be available immediately from now until either January or February.”

Senator Ada says if  they are able to repair  36 buses and contract out for another 12 from a private bus company, they restore the fleet to 70%, and get the kids to school on time.

The Governor has not yet responded to Senator Ada’s suggestions.