Our comprehensive maintenance program includes several areas, including deferred, preventive, repair/upkeep, and emergency maintenance and carrying out these tasks is the main objective of the BISD Maintenence & Custodial Department. Our staff is generally responsible for cleaning the building; monitoring the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; and providing general maintenance of both building and grounds. The department is also largely responsible for long-term maintenance programs and the procurement of outsourced services for specialized maintenance projects.
Director of Operations
(409) 565 – 2201
The district’s fleet consists of seven 72-passenger school buses, two 10 passenger vans, and one special services vehicle. These buses travel more than 270 miles daily on 4 routes to transport more than 200 students to and from school. The buses are part of a well organized, safety oriented transportation system, with each bus inspected and repaired regularly.
The school bus driver is sometimes referred to as the “silent teacher.” Because of the precious cargo transported by these drivers, great care is given to their qualifications, certification, training, and operational requirements. Drivers must pass an annual physical and medical exam as prescribed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a pre-employment drug and alcohol test, criminal records background check, and an annual driver’s license record check. Drivers are also subject to random alcohol and drug screenings throughout their employment.
Transportation is provided free of charge to all students.
Bus Route Information
Meeting the Bus
Bus Safety Rules
Departing the Bus
Private Property and Construction
See below for a list of frequently asked transportation questions.
The driver is responsible for the safety and discipline on the school bus. Misconduct and safety violations by students are reported to the assistant principal at the school, who assumes the responsibility for taking proper action. Students who do not behave properly may lose the privilege of riding the bus. The district has the right to deny transportation to those students whose behavior jeopardizes the safety of others.
Drivers and passengers are subject to audio and video monitoring in accordance with Texas Education Code section 26.009(b)(1). Videotapes may be viewed by employees of Burkeville ISD if necessary to perform their job duties in the best interest of the students. Parents are not permitted to view the tapes as it would infringe on the privacy of the other students on the bus as protected under the Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA). Videotapes will be strictly controlled by the Transportation Department to ensure confidentiality.
The transportation department will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding pupil transportation. Questions regarding student discipline should be directed to the student’s school first. The transportation department may be reached at (409) 565-2201. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
If school is in session, the buses will run. The decision to cancel school or to dismiss school early will be made by the superintendent. Local radio and television stations will be advised to announce instructions before classes start. In case of local flooding or hazardous weather conditions, students will not be dismissed from school unless the transportation director determines that it is safe for children to travel to their homes. In the event of flooding conditions, the buses will travel as close to the normal bus stops as possible without jeopardizing the safety of the vehicle and passengers. It is advised that parents be aware of flooding conditions and make arrangements to meet their children at the bus stop when possible. Any students that are unable to be safely delivered home will be returned to the school for the parent to pick up. When there are rain showers or cold temperatures, the students are still expected to be at their bus stop.
Articles that are left on the bus will remain on the bus for the student to retrieve the next time the student rides the bus. If it is not picked up in two days, it is taken to the district Lost and Found. Lunches that are found in the morning will be sent to the school as soon as possible. If a parent wishes to pick up an item at our office, they may do so during normal office hours. The transportation department does not maintain a “Lost and Found”.