Provo school buses to get new home

Daily Herald | Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 12:25 am

Every weekday morning at 6, more than 60 bus drivers and travel assistants make their way to the Provo School District to start up the school buses sardined into the maintenance and parking area behind the district building.

We have a dilemma,” said Greg Hudnall, director of student services. “We have 46 buses with over 60 people at 6 a.m. and the parking lot is already full.” Between 6:30 and 9 a.m. the area is overrun, he added.

According to Hudnall, it’s not just the drivers who are looking for a place to park, it’s teachers coming to the district for morning training, sports events at Fox Field just north of the district building and more.

“There is never enough parking,” Hudnall said. However, he said the district may have found a solution to the problem.

Jeff Sermon, president and CEO of Utah Community Credit Union, is hoping the credit union has that solution.

The old Qwest maintenance facility at approximately 1545 N. Freedom Blvd. has been empty for a while. According to Sermon, UCCU is in the process of purchasing the site with the anticipation of sub-leasing the grounds to the school district as a new home for its buses.

“We are always looking for property to purchase,” Sermon said. He said in the very long term the property could be used for another branch of UCCU, but that is still years away. For now it will be a relief for the school district.

“We are an education-based credit union. We give scholarships and internships. We appreciate our relationships and look at ways to help out with education. We want to help solve their problem and are very interested in purchasing this to help.”

While the sale is not finalized, none of the parties see a reason why it won’t happen.

“The lease cost had yet to be determined,” Hudnall said. “However, we have been out measuring the area today [Wednesday]. We feel confident working with the credit union and what they might charge.”

Hudnall and others hope the buses will be parked at their new home just before the school year comes to a close. Concerns over property lines with the Army Reserve depot just south of the Qwest facility are in dispute but are expected to be resolved soon.

“We look forward to being at the new facility within a month or two. And having room for everyone,” Hudnall added.

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