The Hardin County Schools'
Pupil Transportation Department strives to provide safety and enhance efficiency in pupil
transportation through constant training and public awareness.
Safety is the foundation for the Transportation Services
for Hardin County Schools. It's also the primary concern when transporting the students of
our district. We work to provide quality transportation and continually upgrade our
services to meet or exceed Kentucky's state guidelines.
Safety, as it relates to school buses is the responsibility
of everyone...students, parents, school staff, bus operators and the motoring public. To
be successful in our efforts, it is essential for all of us to work together toward the
same goal of safe, efficient transportation.
For information on busing services and
Coordinator, North Bus Routes
Danny Sutherland, Coordinator, Central Bus Routes
Hamilton, Coordinator, Special Needs Routes
Hardin County Board of Education operates the fourth largest
transportation system in Kentucky. Each day over 13,000 students are
transported to three high schools, five middle schools, and twelve
elementary schools. In addition, students are
transported to various programs at other sites such as the
Mulberry-Helm Education Center, the Brown Street Alternative Center, the
Board of Education Central Office Annex for TVP, Hardin County Day
Treatment and student work programs.
The school bus fleet is made up of 202 buses that make almost 600
regular runs. In addition, 26 buses serve the special needs program and
each of those buses is staffed with a special needs monitor. There are
also 47 preschool runs and 21 miscellaneous runs each school day. The
fleet travels in excess of 16,000 miles daily.
Along with regular runs, the transportation department makes 2786
extracurricular trips as well as trips for athletic events, which are
driven by regular drivers or coaches.
The transportation staff consists of 195 school bus drivers, and 50 bus
assistants, who assist the drivers in the transportation of three and
four-year old students. Each driver must complete a state mandated
training program before becoming a school bus driver. They must also
receive additional annual training to keep their certification. To help
ensure a safer ride for the children of Hardin County, each driver is
screened for drugs prior to employment and screened at random each month
Every bus in the fleet is serviced each month with a full safety
inspection by a state-certified safety inspector. The district maintains
a full service repair shop with highly trained ASE
certified service technicians. Drivers are also trained to check
daily and to report anything that may be a safety concern. A safety
coordinator investigates all accidents and, together with the Safe
Driving Award Board, concentrate on the prevention of accidents. In the
interest of safety, a video camera program is in place to assist drivers
in the area of student management.
Hardin County has long been recognized as having an outstanding
transportation system with an excellent safety record. Each student
attending pre-school through fifth grade receives a bus safety class
from the transportation staff.
Each year drivers can compete in a school bus road-e-o, where their
skills are tested along with their knowledge of the school bus driving
rules and laws. Drivers also receive four professional development days
per year to increase their knowledge in pupil transportation.