Terry Barney '73 has driven a lot of buses over the years for DeSales, taking retreat groups to southern Indiana and hauling sports teams and their gear to away games. But he's never seen anything quite like this.
"I think this is a big step for DeSales. The new bus rides like a dream," Mr. Barney said. "She's pretty impressive."
Friday, August 15th was the first day for the new bus transportation program, and Mr. Barney, a mainstay at DeSales for nearly 30 years, is the primary driver. It's the first time in more than a decade that DeSales has offered bus service and the first time a brand new vehicle has been purchased by the school. It doesn't hurt that it's equipped with Wifi and air-conditioning.
The decision to purchase a bus came with DeSales experiencing a significant rise in enrollment from students living in areas east of I-65. The new transportation option provides school parents with a convenient way to get their kids to school, and sign-ups have been strong. The bus route traverses the Gene Snyder Freeway from Taylorsville Road to National Turnpike, picking up dozens of students along the way.
Mr. Barney, along with teacher Mr. Bill Moore, will be at the helm this fall. If you happen to see them on the road, make sure you honk and wave!
Click here for more information on the Bus Transportation program at DeSales.