GENESEO – Geneseo Central School cut the ribbon on their new bus garage Monday night.
Construction supervisors and several of the school’s bus drivers attended the ceremony.
“One of the truly outstanding parts of our organization, and that would be our Transportation Department, now has a place of work that is representative of the job that they do and that is an excellent customer service-oriented job that they do for the District,” said Hayes. “It’s heartening to me to know that those people who are involved in that part of our organization now have a place of work that is truly worthy of them and the work that they do for our District every day.”
The old facility, located on 20A, served the community for over 70 years. With the new facility, buses can pull directly from the bus garage to the pickup/dropoff loop in front of the school at dismissal time.
Geneseo Board of Education President Jenn Mehlenbacher said that the garage was identified as a priority in 2001. The Transportation Facility Task Force recommended that the school build a new garage near the school in 2014. They put the project to a district vote 2015.
“Due to the diligent, thoughtful discussions and numerous hours of volunteer time that Transportation Facility Task Force donated to this effort,” said Mehlenbacher, “this project was finally put to a vote in which the community overwhelmingly supported the plan to move forward with this project.”
Mehlenbacher added that bus drivers are some of the most important members of the school district.
“Bus drivers are as integral to the successful functioning of our daily operations as any other member of our staff,” said Mehlenbacher. “They are responsible for the safe transport of our most precious cargo, our children. They have the awesome responsibility do deliver our students from their home to our school each and every day, twice a day, in all kinds of weather.”