MONROE — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) will celebrate the opening of its new transportation facility with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Oct. 29, starting at 1:30 p.m. at 3319 Gold Mine Rd., according to a report from the UCPS communications department. The new facility, which will accommodate the school district’s fleet of buses, was funded by the 2016 bond.

Members of Union County’s Board of Education members, as well as other County leaders and UCPS administrators, will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility.

On. Nov. 8, 2016, Union County voters approved $54 million for school bonds; it provided funding for seven projects, including a new transportation facility.

The original transportation facility was built in 1980. The new facility has 12 service bays, compared to six in the old facility. It also includes updated maintenance areas, training rooms, sufficient office space, a wash bay and ample parking for buses.

The new facility was complete in September 2020 and the total budget is $14.8 million, according to the UCPS report.

For the 2020-2021 school year, UCPS has 263 buses assigned to routes with approximately 21,900 students using transportation. UCPS has 53 schools within the district and approximately 41,500 total students, according to its Twitter page (@UCPSNC), which makes it the sixth-largest public school system in the state.