Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Oct. 30

Hopi Students Travel In Style Thanks To New Bus

Polacca, Ariz. - Hopi Junior High School students are going to roll down the highway in style as the school recently purchased a travel bus. The governing board at Hopi Junior/Senior High School accepted a 2002 state-of-the-art travel bus for Hopi Junior High School. The 46-passenger bus was purchased from Bluebird Bus Co. from Phoenix for approximately $120,000. This bus has extra padded seats for comfort when student athletes have to go on long trips. It also has a larger, bigger engine for more power.

Wallace Youvella, Sr., vice president of the school board, said the students will be happy with this bus, especially since it has a quiet motor. “This will be a multi-purpose bus because we’ll still be able to use it on our routes,” he said.

HJSHS Superintendent Paul Reynolds said the students will be proud of this state-of-the-art travel bus.

Ivan Sidney, president of the HJSHS Governing Board, said the board takes pride in providing the students with services. He said sometimes the junior high students are viewed as secondary to the high school students, but this shows that the board is committed to serving them equally. “Now they have something to call their own. I hope they take pride in its upkeep,” he said. “The board wants the junior high to have its own identity.”

Sidney noted that Hopi Junior/Senior High School will continue to purchase most of its buses through GSA (Government Services Administration). “But they (GSA) do not provide buses for long travel, so the board decided to make this purchase,” he said. “This is all in the name of safety with options for comfort. Many of the ballplayers take their homework on the athletic trips and this bus has more individual seats so the students will be more comfortable doing their homework.”

Sidney pointed out that the funds for purchasing the bus came from a different budget than the funds that are used for academics. “Transportation has its own funding,” he said.

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