North Mason schools rebuild student bus ridership


Gordon Weeks

North Mason students head to buses at the end of the school day May 11 in Belfair.

The North Mason School Board's May 18 meeting saw Transportation Director Maurine Simons present data on ridership, maintenance and the costs of running her department.

The district bought four new buses, getting rid of four buses that were 20 years old.

Prior to that, 62% of those buses were off the depreciation schedule. That went down to 46%.

Big buses run on a 13-year depreciation schedule. Small buses are on an eight-year schedule.

The average age of the district's small buses is 9.1 years, so 55% are off depreciation.

In the next two years, all of them will be off depreciation, except...

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