There’s at least one department at Rio Rancho Public Schools that can’t wait for school to start this week. On Tuesday, the district’s bus drivers and transportation staff celebrated their new Student Transportation Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The center is made up of two separate structures, which were built using pre-fabricated metal building systems. The 9,907 sq ft administrative building features a training facility, fitness center, conference rooms and offices.
From safety presentations to dispatch, the staff will be able to efficiently support daily operations with the technology and sophistication the building provides. The facility also helps RRPS attract and retain quality drivers, a challenge faced by K-12 districts across the country.
“We value our driver team, leadership team, and the job they do every day. We can’t teach kids if they aren’t able to get to school safely. We’re proud of the operation we have here,” said Dr. Sue Cleveland, Superintendent of Rio Rancho Public Schools.
The second building is a 9,439 sq ft maintenance facility that is equipped with five bays, fuel equipment, fluid storage, office space, a breakroom and bus wash station. With over 6,500 miles driven daily by the buses combined, the district’s team of mechanics will be able to repair and service the fleet to ensure buses are safe for the children. RRPS also plans to use the facility to offer hands-on training for students to develop their skills and pursue mechanic-related careers.
HB Construction teamed up with NCA Architects to deliver the project and meet the needs of RRPS drivers and students.
“This new facility will enhance our ability to serve our students. The drivers feel valued and respected and are happy to know this is their new home,” said Maurice Ross, Rio Rancho Public Schools Executive Director of Transportation.