Thanks to the generosity of alumnus Mark Rusch, ‘75, three new buses have been added to the De La Salle fleet, enabling DLS to establish morning pick-up routes for students in the Fall of 2022.
Joe Gerardi, ‘86, Director of Operations at DLS, said the previously owned buses underwent mechanical examinations as well as inspections by the Michigan State Police.
“Due to COVID, these buses have low mileage, and got way less use because of schools being shut down during the pandemic,” he said.
Gerardi said the buses are in tip-top shape, and have a five-year extended warranty.
The largest of the buses, officially a 71-passenger bus, has a large undercarriage.
“Realistically, that bus can hold 44-46 high school students,” he said. “That bus will be used for athletic teams with a lot of equipment that can fit underneath.”
The other two buses can comfortably hold 30-32 high school students.
Gerardi said the decision to purchase has been in the works for some time.
“We’re spending a lot on bus rental with an outside agency,” Gerardi said. “Owning our own buses will give us more flexibility and dependability.”
Gerardi anticipates that the two smaller buses will make student pick-ups in the morning, with the routes to be determined depending on family interest. Gerardi said it’s possible that a pickup location could be at St. Joan of Arc in St. Clair Shores.
Bus sign-up will be coordinated through the DLS Admissions Office.
In addition to morning pick-ups, the buses will be available for retreats, field trips, and even rentals.
“Our experience in the past has been that students are likely to stay after school for a variety of reasons, and creating an afternoon route is unlikely.”
Gerardi said that one of the two vans the school currently owns will be sold; the remaining van will be used to transport coaches and equipment.
Gerardi is also looking for at least six drivers. Interested persons should contact Gerardi directly at 586.541.6276.