GDOE addresses late bus pickup times/bus shortage

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Their current fleet of buses is only 130 to 134 –a number far below the desired fleet size of 189 buses.

Guam – Late buses and late pickup —that was one concern addressed during this afternoon’s school readiness work session held by the Department of Education.

With 15 days before schools starts, all principals and administrators from the various public institutions gathered at Carbullido Elementary School to report on their school’s readiness for the upcoming academic year.

One major concern was voiced by Guam Education Board Member Maria Gutierrez who asked what the status on the bus readiness system was for impending start date.

In response, Frank Taitano, the Bus Superintendent, shared that their current fleet of buses is only 130 to 134 –a number far below the desired fleet size of 189 buses.

“So, the same buses that service GDOE is the same buses that service the Catholic and Private Schools, to include the two charter schools,” Taitano explained.

Some good news: SPED buses will be operating at a high capacity of 23 in their fleet.

Although only 14 of those buses are currently operational, about 20 will be ready by the start of the academic year.