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One of three new in-ground lifts utilized by Lancaster CSD.


T


he old garage at Lancaster Central School Dis- trict, located east of Buffalo, New York, was dark, cramped and unorganized. Transportation Supervisor Judy Feldmeyer recalled how close


together three vehicle bays were. When the bus hoods were up, passersby had to duck under mirrors to walk to the parts room. “Scheduling was tricky,” she added. “Two brake jobs


couldn’t be done at the same time because there wasn’t room in between the buses. Keeping up with repairs and routine maintenance on 104 buses was difficult.” But now, Feldmeyer and her staff revel in their new 19,500 square-foot, $10.4 million transportation facility. Built on 18 acres that the district owned, the building was part of a $49.6 million capital improvement project


in 2015. Not only has workflow and morale improved, but the facility even won the 2018 American Institute of Ar- chitects (AIA) Merit Award for a Commercial/Institutional Project for Western New York. Today, a drive-through wash bay with an automatic brush system helps keep drivers off of icy pavement during the winter. The six technicians now work with eight bays, three in-ground lifts, one portable lift, better lighting, and a larger parts room that features well-labeled shelves. No new technicians were hired, but Feldmeyer said better organization and newly implemented technology increased and improved the workflow. “One innovation that I really wanted was the ESOC oil (exchange) system,” said Greg Phillips, head mechanic.


Lancaster (N.Y.) Central School District at a Glance 104 ..............School Buses 6 ..................School Bus Technicians 84 ................School Bus Drivers and 14 Subs


6,300 ..........Students Transported Daily 1,068,065 .. Miles Traveled Per Year


19,500 ......... Square Footage of New Bus Garage


36 School Transportation News • FEBRUARY 2020


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