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New buses to get Dallas ISD students to school

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Dallas ISD has a new plan to get kids to school this year and has new buses to take them there.

The district will use 150 multi-passenger vans to supplement the traditional school buses to get DISD students to school

The buses will transport homeless students and students that attend magnet or choice schools.

Last year the district used a hodge-podge of vehicles through a third party provided by Dallas County Schools. The drivers won’t be contract, but rather Dallas County Schools employees.

“These buses are built to the same standards as our traditional school buses. The same safety features, the same GPS, the same safety cameras on board. But beyond that, they are driven by qualified drivers that go through the same screening process as our regular bus drivers,” said DISD’s Andre’ Riley.

The district bought 50 of the new buses that seat nine passengers and meet all federal motor coach standards. Dallas County Schools transportation purchased the remaining new buses.

A job fair to hire new drivers for the buses is planned for this weekend.

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