Calcasieu Parish schools gets buses ready for next week

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The transportation department for Calcasieu Parish schools is still getting school buses ready for the first day of school next week.

"We're a large fleet, our buses go about 4,000 miles in the morning, and 4,000 miles in the evening," says Andy Ardoin, Director of Transportion for Calcasieu Parish Schools.

This summer mechanics upgraded break pads and batteries on the buses.

By the first day, the district plans to have 324 buses ready to transport at least 1600 students.

School officials are also santizing the seats and arm rails on the buses to protect students from illnesses such as influenza and swine flu.

Calcasieu schools is also looking to install cameras on top of the stop sign arms on the buses to catch those who don't stop.

"We don't want to issue tickets, we just want the public to understand that when you see a school bus and you see the stop arms out, it's just like a red light you shall not pass it," says Ardoin.

Pearl Watson Elementary School saw frequent problems with cars not yielding to stopped buses.

"We've had issues with parents not yielding to those buses, and making sure they don't zoom by when they see those stop signs out," says Tiffany Washington, Principal of

But school officials feel cameras on the stop signs could really improve the safety of the students.

"I think the people will become more aware of what they are doing, and if they're being watched I think they'll pay close attention," says Washington.

Calcasieu Parish hopes to do a trial run with cameras on the stop sign arms sometime this school year.

The first day of school for Calcasieu Parish is Tuesday, August 18th.

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