New buses provide transportation for Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. students

New buses provide transportation for Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. studentsPictured, from left, is Jeff Rehborn, Brightbill Body Works sales representative and Chris Smith, BTHS transportation coordinator.

Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. (BTHS) Transportation Coordinator, Chris Smith, believes it is important to keep the fleet of buses up to date. By continuing to improve the fleet of buses, Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. is providing quality, safe transportation to children enrolled in the Head Start program. 

This past summer, the Pennsylvania Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program grant funded two buses to be used to transport children, ages three to five, to Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc’s. Classrooms.  

The 30-passenger, 8-cylinder 6.0 liter gas powered Micro Bird school buses are equipped with many safety features including a child detection system, backup horn, backup sensors, an electric crossing arm with “STOP” sign, and painted white roof, and heated cross view mirrors.  

The two school buses were purchased from Brightbill Body Works out of Lebanon, Pa. 

According to a press release received from BTHS, a competitive Request for Proposal was issued to several bus companies, and Brightbill met all of the requirements and was rated the best in pricing, customer service and past experience.

“Our funding sources provide us the opportunity to develop our budgets and by doing this we can determine where our needs are,” stated BTHS Executive Director, Jody Thomas.  

She added, “Purchasing buses supports our program’s goal of providing safe transportation for children and meeting the needs of parents so it’s a ‘win-win.’”

Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. is a program that offers state and federally funded programs for pregnant mothers, families and their children, newborn up to the age of five; this includes Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K Counts services. 

For more information, call (570) 638-1400, visit, or find them on Facebook. 

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