February 2, 2015, Deposit, N.Y. – The team at Leonard Bus Sales often talks in terms of being trusted advisors to our transportation partners, and not just a company that sells buses to customers. Eden Central School District’s school board saw firsthand what that means at a recent meeting discussing their current fleet.
The school district is currently considering what to do as its aging bus fleet and the lack of any new buses in recent years takes a toll on the district’s transportation efficiency. The school’s options include leasing, lease-to-buy and out-right buying. A representative of the school’s drivers spoke about the sacrifices drivers have made to make sure students were not impacted by the deteriorating fleet, and lamented what certain options would mean to drivers and students.
Leonard Bus Sales’ Dave Rindo, invited to make a presentation to the board, went above and beyond offering sound advice about the benefits of fleet rotation and a solution that could help drivers and students alike.
“I used the opportunity to share what we know about the efficiency and safety benefits of fleet management,” said Dave. “I showed the board that if they commit to a long-term plan, one that puts about 3 news buses a year into service over a 10-year rotation, their fleet efficiency would benefit tremendously, and it would be at a cost that the district can plan for over the long term and absorb better than constantly dealing with a fleet in crisis every few years.”
The board meets again soon to discuss further, but Dave’s advice was noticed by the local media present and by his colleagues at Leonard Bus Sales.
Leonard Bus Sales CEO Mike Leonard said, “When we understand how to talk about the kids and planning together, and when we offer sound advice, we aren’t just selling buses to schools anymore. We’re working as partners and trusted advisors to make sure their fleets are running safely and efficiently. And that’s what Leonard Bus Sales is all about.”
Leonard Bus Sales, Inc. is owned and operated by the Leonard family, a recognized leader in the distribution and support of quality, environmentally-friendly school and commercial buses. A third generation family-owned business, Leonard Bus Sales has 50 years of experience providing cost-saving fleet management and award-winning customer support. Leonard Bus Sales is a leading-distributor of IC BusTM brand buses in Upstate New York. The company also distributes Type-A school and commercial buses from Trans Tech throughout New York and Type-A commercial buses from Champion Bus in Upstate New York. The company is headquartered in Deposit, NY and operates four full-service facilities in Bergen, Rome, Saratoga Springs and a Trans Tech Type-A facility in Garden City Park, N.Y. — www.leonardbus.com.