I am new to a School Bus fleet. This is the first place I have worked without a night shift. Anyone mind sharing if they run a night crew and their justification for or against it. We have 265 Buses and 25 White Fleet.
We run a fleet of 330 buses and 390 white fleet. We have 3 maintenance facilities of which 2 have a night shift. I would like to see minimal staff during the day and the main staff report at night. Days would have enough for the usual road call and everyday repairs. Nights would hit it hard since the fleet would be captive.
Part of the reason people work for our school district are the benefits, which include working a regular M-F day shift. Our early shifts run 5:30-2:30, 6-3 and 6:30-3:30; late shifts run 9:30-6:30. We have 106 buses and 133 white fleet.
Place I work at has 2 people who work the night shift. They take care of all the PM stuff, oil changes etc.. That way the day time guys can get all the bigger jobs done. Our shop is only 4 bays for 270 buses, so that helps.
Hicrawler---- We currently have 3 maintenance facilities. Each facility has a group of spare buses. In the long run, I would like to see all of our SPED buses contained at one facility. SPED buses are close to out numbering our regular ED buses. If you have the staff, a night shift can be extremely beneficial!