Puyallup students will start school as planned on September 6
Puyallup students will start school as planned on September 6
Posted on 08/25/2016
Puyallup students will start school as planned on September 6At 2:21 on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 24, Central Pierce Fire was dispatched to the corner of 12 Street NW and West Stewart – the site of Puyallup School District’s Bus Maintenance Facility. While the cause of the fire is not yet certain, the damage is. Twenty-five brand new school buses were damaged beyond repair. These new buses were recently purchased to make the fleet more efficient.

Because of a First Aid Certification workshop being held in a nearby classroom, there was an unusually high number of employees on site at the time of the fire. Nearly 30 in the workshop, and nearly 70 employees in total were evacuated from the Puyallup School District Operations (facilities) campus when fire broke out.

All staff were accounted for, and no injuries have been reported. Firefighters brought the fire under control and watched carefully for hot spots south of the facility. A flare up the next morning was quickly brought under control thanks to ongoing support from fire fighters on the scene.

Deputy Fire Marshal Brian Annis-Levings, with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue was on the scene the following morning. He reports officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

New school buses can run between $90,000 and $130,000 each, so the loss of 25 will have financial impact. However, the Puyallup School District is working with Washington Schools Risk Management Pool (WSRMP) to replace the buses. Representatives from WSRMP are in the district working with leadership today.

With students starting school again on September 6, district leaders have been especially pleased with the generous response from school districts across the state. Over 16 school districts have been in contact with the Puyallup School District to offer buses on loan. As a result, school will start as planned on Tuesday, September 6.

Depending on the sizes of buses loaned to Puyallup, existing routes may be altered. Beginning next week, parents should check this website for updated information about bus routes.

Regardless of possible adjustments to routes, school will start for Puyallup students on Tuesday, September 6.