Director of Transportation
Mr. Scott Mergen has over 23 years of experience in related transportation fields including mechanics, service managers, service advisors, service writers,s and transportation directors. He started his career as a diesel mechanic at Hunter Idealease and moved up the ranks and became a service manager.
In May 2003, Mr. Mergen accepted a position at the Plum Borough School District as a school bus mechanic. He soon started attending evening classes part-time at Penn State University in the summer of 2006. Mr. Mergen was hired as the Director of Transportation for the District in November of 2011. In December of 2013, he completed the program at Penn State University
Pupil transportation is a vital component of our public school system. The task of safely transporting children, to and from school, at consistent route times can be quite a daunting and challenging task. Due to the large geographical area of Plum Borough (28 square miles), scheduling and routing are critical to the success of the Transportation Department.
The Plum Borough School District operates, on average, 54 school bus runs and 15 mid-day runs, per school day. Additionally, we run extracurricular, sporting, and special bus run as required. The Plum Borough School District employs 56 regular bus drivers, 11 bus aides, and 3 mechanics, along with a list of substitute drivers and aides. Currently, there are 62 vehicles in the school bus fleet along with 7 other District-owned vehicles.
The Transportation Department provides its main services to 6 schools within the district, however, it also provides transportation services to 53 schools outside of the district. The buses will travel 800,000 miles (est.) this year, or over 4000 miles (est.) each day. The safety of the students during each and every mile is the Transportation Department’s utmost concern.