The Dan Post Transportation Facility
During their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2020, the Marana Unified School District (MUSD) Governing Board voted in favor to name the MUSD’s new transportation center “The Dan Post Transportation Facility” in honor and recognition of Mr. Dan Post’s 39 years of service as a Marana Unified School District Governing Board member.
The Dan Post Transportation Facility is an efficient state-of-the-art facility* providing enhanced services to support student transportation, resources, and MUSD’s growing fleet of school busses. Committed to safety, efficiency, and addressing growth in the District, the facility consists of:
- State-of-the-art energy efficient steel-framed stucco Administrative Services building and a Garage/Mechanic Services masonry building.
- Modern bus parking area, traffic flow, and visitor parking.
- Administrative services containing driver-training, dispatch, routing, and school resource areas to enhance all services and school support.
- Garage/Mechanic services containing eight new service bays to efficiently and effectively service a consistently growing fleet of school busses, vehicles, and school resources.
*Made possible through the 2014 School Improvement Bond.
Mr. Dan Post has served on the MUSD Governing Board 39 years, including thirteen years as president and four years as vice president. During his tenure on the Board he has seen the District grow from 3,000 students in four schools to13,000 students in 18 schools. Through the years Mr. Post has been instrumental not only in the bonding, construction, and opening of schools, but more importantly, in creating a culture in which students, parents, and teachers in the Marana school district feel valued and celebrate recognition throughout the State of Arizona for a commitment to excellence. Dan Post was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and received his BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona in 1965. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 56 years and they have eleven children, forty-two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Post has ranched in Palominos and Winkleman. In 1970, he moved to Marana to grow cotton, grain, and raise cattle.
“It is an honor to have my name associated with the transportation facility,” states Dan Post, MUSD Governing Board president. “The Transportation Department is the backbone of our District. For many students the bus driver is the first person representing the school that they interact with in the morning and the last person they see in the evening. The relationship that children develop with their bus driver can last for the rest of their life.” Mr. Post further states, “The drivers and the mechanics and assistants that keep the hundreds of vehicles on the road every day covering hundreds of thousands of miles each year is nothing short of amazing. I am happy that we now have a nice modern facility to maintain our fleet and a comfortable place for the drivers to wait their shift; it has been a long time in coming. Learning takes place in the classroom, but a good attitude begins on the way to school.”
The Marana Unified School District covers 550 square miles with hundreds of school buses providing safe, dependable, and efficient transportation. MUSD is dedicated to student safety from the moment a child leaves their home in the morning until they return safely that afternoon. All vehicles in the fleet are up-to date with route buses being 2012 and newer. Buses are equipped with safety features that include air conditioning, video monitoring, GPS, and air doors.
Marana school buses service over 7,500 students daily, traveling close to 12,000 miles. As of January 2020, the transportation fleet consists of 145 buses, 116 white fleet service and student activity vehicles, and 78 pieces of special equipment like tractors, mowers, and more!
The Transportation Department uses a state-of-the-art routing system from Education Logistics together with a Student Information System and custom databases to provide schools and parents with all of the information they need, in a timely and efficient manner.
Marana Unified School District thanks all the voters who made this project and all the capital school improvement projects possible through the 2014 School Improvement Bond.