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To:                   All Superintendents and Transportation Personnel


From:               J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


Date:                October 30, 2000


Subject:            MSAD 27 School Bus Operations – One of America’s “Great Fleets”



The following public announcement was made by SCHOOL BUS FLEET magazine with regard to the selection of 50 school bus fleets from all over the United States as models for excellence in providing pupil transportation services.  Please join with me in congratulating the Pupil Transportation Team from MSAD 27 for the commitment to providing safe and efficient transportation to the students of their school district.


If you wish to know more about their accomplishments and the reasons that they were selected as members of this elite group, contact Peter Saucier, Transportation Director for MSAD 27 at (207) 834-5860.




Local School Bus Operation Selected as

One of America’s ‘Great Fleets’



The Transportation operation at Maine School Administrative District No. 27 has been selected as a “Great Fleets Across America”, a special report on 50 exemplary school bus fleets (one in each state).  These “Great Fleets”, representing both public and private operations, were selected based on their excellence in safety, efficiency, maintenance, driver training, staff morale and innovation.  The magazine received input from state directors of pupil transportation, state pupil transportation associations and its editorial advisory board during the selection process.


The size of the 50 “Great Fleets” ranged from seven buses at Wisner-Pilger School District in Wisner, Neb., to more than 1,400 buses at Fairfax County Public Schools in Lorton, Va.  The common denominator among the selected fleets is commitment to passenger safety, which requires special attention to driver training and an exemplary bus maintenance program.  The biggest challenge cited by the operations is the ongoing shortage of school bus drivers.


“Providing safe, efficient school transportation is a tremendous accomplishment, given the budget constraints and driver shortages that face most school transportation operations,” said Steve Hirano, editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.  “These ‘Great Fleets’ merit special recognition for their achievements above and beyond the norm.”


The entire school transportation industry deserves recognition for its outstanding safety record.  Nationwide, approximately 450,000 school buses transport more than 23 million K-12 students daily.  On average, there are fewer than 10 passenger fatalities per year aboard school buses.


For information about the school bus operation at Maine School Administrative District No. 27, contact Peter Saucier, Director, at (207) 834-5860.  For further information about SCHOOL BUS FLEET and “Great Fleets Across America,” contact Editor Steve Hirano at (310) 533-2452.