Monthly Archives: October 2016

School Buses

School Bus

School Buses
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has an aging fleet of roughly 1,000 school buses. With E-SPLOST V monies, DCSD plans on spending about $30 million replacing the oldest school buses.
Earlier this month the board approved the purchase of 120 buses at a cost not to exceed $10 million. The purchase includes:

  • Ninety-two (92) Type-C 72-Passenger School buses at $77,089 each
  • Twenty-five (25) Type-C 48-Passengers with Air Condition and Wheelchair Lift at $90,175 each
  • Three (3) 82-Passenger Type-D Transit School buses at $107,081 each

I asked Mr. Joshua Williams to tell us about the features that are requested and/or required on new school buses we purchase.

DeKalb Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams
Chief Operating Officer, DeKalb County School District

School buses are purchased similar to purchasing an automobile. There is a base price and options are added in accordance with school system requirements. DeKalb County School District orders buses with the follow-ing options/enhancements and come installed as part of the delivered vehicle:

1. 240 AMP Alternator 13. Air Dryer
(Higher Capacity) 14 12 Volt access block
2. Vandal Locks on all Doors 15. Air Conditioner (Special Need Only)
3. White Painted Roof 16. Driver’s Dome Lighting
4. Air operated Crossing Arm 17. Noise Reduction Package
5. Air ride Drivers Seat 18. 5-Year 100,000 miles Bumper to Bumper Warranty w/Tow
6. Engine Exhaust Brake 19. 100 Gallon Fuel Tank
7. Battery Cut off Switch 20. Air Disc Brakes
8. Tinted Windows 21. 12 Volt Power Port
9. All Buses Keyed Alike 22. Integrated Child Seat 3-point (Special Needs Only)
10. Mud Flaps Front and Rear 23. Entrance Door 3 Position Switch
11. Higher Rated Tires 24. Pass Through Luggage Compartment (Transit Only)
12. Spare Tire and Wheel 25. Engine Telemetrics

Additionally, we use a third party installer for two components after the school buses are delivered:

  • Radio
  • Global Position System (GPS)


Lead Contanimation in Water at 7 of 10 DeKalb Schools

Lead found in the water at two more schools. Nearly 75% of DeKalb Schools tested so far have water sources with registered lead content at or above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level.

DeKalb Schools Lead in Water

Failed Lead In Water Test – The following schools do not meet EPA standards:

  • International Community School (at Medlock Facility)
  • Stone Mountain ES
  • Robert Shaw Theme ES
  • The Museum School of Avondale Estates (at Forrest Hills Facility)
  • Wadsworth Magnet
  • Redan ES
  • Allgood ES

The water sources at those schools with lead contamination have been turned off, and the fixtures and/or piping contributing to the lead in drinking water will be replaced. In each instance, the water supply will remain off during the entirety of the remediation process until the problem is resolved. Should the situation require additional water sources, the District will provide bottled water for drinking and/or water tanks for food preparation as necessary.
The health and safety of all students and staff is the top priority for DeKalb County School District (DCSD). In light of national events regarding water quality,in September, DeKalb Schools announced a district-wide water testing program as a precaution to ensure the drinking water within its schools are safe for all students and employees.
While all schools will be tested, the initial schools were chosen based upon the age of students (with priority given to schools with pre-K programs) and age of the facility (with priority given to school built prior to 1986). DCSD has a total of 150 facilities (including schools, leased charter schools, administration buildings, educational buildings, and stadiums). 106 of these original facilities have building(s) which were built prior to 1986. Water testing for all 150 facilities has started and will be completed by the summer of 2017.
Results Thus Far
While all schools will be tested, this map displays only those with reported results. The map will be continuously updated to reflect new results received. Enter your school’s name to learn about the test results.

The District’s testing schedule, testing protocols, copies of all water testing results, and other resources can be found at