For first time ever, riding Fayette school buses is guaranteed to be cool

An unidentified driver waves from an air-conditioned school bus in this photo provided by the Fayette County School System.

154 buses now have air conditioning; bus ride sign-up time here

The ride to and from school in Fayette County when school begins in August will have the kids and bus drivers riding in air-conditioned comfort.

The dog days of summer will be no match for the Fayette County School System’s school buses retrofitted with air-conditioning. The driver was not identified in the photo sent by the Fayette County School System.

The school system used $1.2 million in Education Special Local Option Sales Tax II (ESPLOST II) revenues and retro-fitted 154 school buses with air conditioning, said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.

“A total of 154 school buses have been retrofitted with air-conditioning units to combat the hot days of August and September,” said Berry-Driesbach. “New school buses that are purchased in the future will come standard with air conditioning. Previously, only special education school buses were air-conditioned.”

Berry-Dreisbach said parents are reminded that they must register for school bus service in order for their students to ride a bus to and from school. Parents can register by going to and clicking on the “Bus Registration Form” link on the left-hand side of the page.

Starting this year, parents will be able to have immediate online access to their child’s school bus number, school bus stop location, and pick up and drop off times through e-Link, said Berry-Dreisbach.

Parents can access the link at beginning Aug. 2. Parents can only view the information after they have registered for bus service. If no information appears, register for bus service, and then access the link again.