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Denton ISD transforms old bus into high-end food truck

Denton ISD came up with a tasteful way to put some new life into one old bus.

DENTON, Texas — When school buses are retired, they usually end up at auction or in a scrapyard, but Denton ISD came up with a tasteful way to put some new life into one old bus.

It’s called the Bus Stop Bistro. As far as we could find, it's the only food truck of its kind in north Texas. It was the brainchild of culinary arts instructor Tonya Tivis and principal Marcus Bourland.

"This was an opportunity to do something super innovative," Bourland said.

The goal is to give students a taste of the real world. While culinary students may be driving the bus, there were many cooks involved in this kitchen.

From architecture, automotive, engineering and welding, everyone brought something to the table. "So it was really the whole school coming together to develop something,” Bourland said.

The bus stop bistro officially rolled out at this week's school board meeting. But, really, how good's the food?

"Delicious,” one student said. “Guaranteed."

"This bus bistro will rock any circle of food trucks they go to,” said one school board member.

They plan to serve their food all over the district and at festivals throughout the area. They hope it will inspire other students to get involved and jump start a potential career.

"To see them light up when they see it, that's exactly what we wanted,” Bourland said. “Exactly what we wanted."

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