All Kentucky school buses are inspected each month by a Kentucky State Certified School Bus Inspector. School bus inspectors must have a minimum of two (2) years of experience and complete training by a certified School Bus Inspector Instructor.
Each year a specification working group meets to make any necessary changes to the school bus specifications. This working group is comprised of superintendents, school bus drivers, school bus driver trainers, technicians and inspectors.
Upon the completion of the school bus specifications and bid process, school districts are able to purchase the new school buses.
Bus Ordering Orders for buses are placed electronically and are closely monitored by KDE staff until delivery. The bus ordering system opens on October 1st and will go through November 1st for the initial bulk ordering. There is an currently expectation of 6-9 months for construction and delivery of buses ordered. However, due to inventory and workforce shortages in our supply chain, there is not a guaranteed date for delivery. Purchase Authorization must include a list of options for purchase. All options must be purchased by the use of a local district purchase order.
All KISTA financed bus orders must be submitted by November 1st to allow the KDE to approve the bonds. Please ensure all documents are signed and uploaded to complete the order. Ensure your district has contacted Ross, Sinclair & Associates to inform them of the financing request. A completed order only occurs when all documents are received. Delays in documentation will delay your order further.
For questions related to bus ordering, please contact Carl Meehan
at (502) 564-5279 Ext. 4442.
School bus inventory is updated once a year, starting in October and finalized in December. School districts provide the inventory data and must ensure that all Kentucky school buses are listed in the school bus inventory program.