ECISD Rolls Out New Activity Buses

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - ECISD students will be riding in style this fall. Wednesday, the School District rolled out a brand new activity bus, and it's full of high tech features for students hitting the road for sports and academics.

"It's for everybody," Mike Adkins with Ector County ISD, said. "We're pretty excited about it. They're really nice."

Adkins said six activity buses were purchased by the school district, and are now ready to hit the road. Adkins also mentioned several amenities on the bus:

"Seat belts, drop down dvd screens, and the radio," Adkins added.

The outside of the bus looks typcial enough. There's storage on the bottom, lights on the side, and mirrors on the front. However, it's what's on the inside of the bus that makes it special. A GPS tracker helps the driver in case of long distance travel. Right now, a DVD player is set up and installed with a stereo. In addition, there's four of monitors that drop down all along the middle of the bus.

"We've been inspected, and they're ready to go, and all of our drivers have been trained on them," David Morris, Director of Transportation for ECISD, said.

Each one of the buses cost about $152,000. However, officials said, in the end, that's money saved down the line. Each bus is expected to last 10 to 15 years.

"We've ran the cost analysis on it, and we feel like this was a wise move for the school district," Morris said.

"I think they are already scheduled very heavily for the first month of school, and I just see that increasing," Adkins explained.