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South Kitsap Transportation by the numbers

October 31st, 2013 by Chris Henry

You may have read the story about neighbors of South Kitsap School District’s bus barn who have complained about recent changes that meant an earlier, noisier start to bus activity in the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood. The district has come up with a short-term solution, and they are working on long-term ideas, as well. We will continue to follow this story.

If you have anything to say about South Kitsap Transportation, call or email me, Chris Henry, chenry@kitsapsun.com, (360) 792-9219.

In the meantime, did you know: District buses travel 1.25 million miles a year, and their oldest bus, 25 years, has 285,000 miles.

Here’s a video and (below) some more statistics on SKSD’s transportation operations.

Schools served: 16

Enrollment: 9,026

Square miles covered: 144

Rides (one-way) per day: About 10,000, including field trips

Fleet: 89 vehicles

Gallons of fuel per year: 160,000 gallons of diesel;
14,000 of unleaded

Drivers: 90

Mechanics: 6

Annual budget: $4.9 million

Average bus age: large, 11.3 years; small, 8.2 years

State recommended replacement age: large, 13 years; small, 8 years

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3 Responses to “South Kitsap Transportation by the numbers”

  1. Roger Gay Says:

    Is this a lead in for a future capital bond or levy for South Kitsap School District? It will be interesting to see what SKSD has in store for South Kitsap taxpayers in 2014 after the largest operations and maintenance levy ever.

  2. Chris Henry Says:

    Roger – Transportation Director Jay Rosapeppe mentioned a capital levy in passing as something that would probably be part of any discussion on long-term solutions. Will the board put this discussion on its front burner? Probably not, is my prediction, given — as you point out — the recent levy and the district officials’ pledge to stabilize SKSD’s budget, which is the big focus this year.

    Chris Henry, reporter

  3. Kathryn Simpson Says:

    I doubt a capital levy or bond campaign is on our 2014 future. However, I would hope that it is on 2015 future because we desperately need to improve our facilities.

    SKSD has not passed a bond since approximately 1986, when Hidden Creek, Mullenix Ridge, and Sidney Glen were built. SKSD residents have not been paying on a voter approved bond since 2006. So all facilities work is paid for out of regular levy dollars. That puts a very difficult strain on the district’s fiscal resources.

    If we want our property values to rise, we must be able to compete for families to want to move into our community. Families want high quality schools, both the education that is going on inside and the facilities themselves. We are doing well on the education side. We are doing extremely poorly on the facilities side. We must be willing to invest in our community’s facilities (both education and recreation)

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