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CTX school districts break down number of school buses without air conditioning

Posted at 5:01 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 18:19:13-04

Several La Vega ISD parents reached out to Central Texas News Now after their children were riding home in district buses that did not have air conditioning.

Central Texas News Now reached out to 72 Central Texas school districts to see how many of their buses did and did not have air conditioning. Out of the 72 districts contacted, 28 responded to our request.

School DistrictNumber of buses WITHOUT A/CPercentage of bus fleet WITH A/C
Axtell ISD4 out of 1675%
Bremond ISD0 out of 12100%
Burnet ISD0 out of 52100%
Buffalo ISD0 out of 11100%
College Station ISD0 out of 101100%
Connally ISD2 out of 2492%
Lorena ISD2 out of 1787%
Robinson ISD3 out of 2488%
Killeen ISD0 out of 340100%
Florence ISD0 out of 14100%
Hillsboro ISD15 out of 2365%
La Vega ISD3 out of 2889%
Marlin ISD0 out of 17100%
Mart ISD8 out of 1338%
Meridian ISD1 out of 1392%
Robinson ISD3 out of 2488%
Salado ISD19 out of 3037%
Teague ISD16 out of 2638%
Temple ISD21 out of 8375%
Troy ISD6 out of 1457%
West ISD6 out of 1354%
Wortham ISD6 out of 1040%
San Saba ISD2 out of 1587%
Leander ISD0 out of 132100%
Belton ISD0 out of 104100%
Crawford ISD6 out of 1145%
Waco ISD0 out of 83100%
Corsicana ISD0 out of 19100%

Myss Peel, a concerned mother of four children. explained that it's not just the fact that her children's La Vega ISD bus has no air conditioning. Most times, she said, the windows are all closed.

"I was like y'all got the windows up. It's hot on here. The kids already sweating, at least let the windows down. The kids are like exhausted like, no energy no nothing. My kids get off school at 2:45 they don't make it home till 4:45" said Peel.

With more than 10 100 degree days in August so far, parents are saying it is far too hot for their young children to have to endure the heat.

Central Texas News Now reach out to La Vega ISD's Assistant to the Superintendent Lori Mynarcik, who explained that of the 28 buses the district has, 25 have air conditioning. Mynarcik further explained that children are supplied water on the three buses without air conditioning.

Mynarcik said three temporary buses are about to become available to replace the three buses without air conditioning.

The transportation company La Vega ISD uses, Durham School Services, gave Central Texas News Now the following statement:

"We can confirm that 18 of our 21 buses serving the La Vega ISD schools are equipped with air conditioning units. However, three of our buses do not have air conditioning. We do provide students each day with drinking water. Due to these extreme heat conditions, beginning on Friday, August 23, we will be replacing these three vehicles with buses that have been equipped with air conditioning."