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May 16 Budget Vote & School Board Election

Voters to decide on purchase of 10 replacement buses

On May 16, voters will also decide on a proposition to purchase 10 buses at a cost of $766,676 as part of the district's bus replacement plan.

The plan provides stability in the costs of maintaining a bus fleet that is safe, reliable and efficient. Older buses that cost more to drive and maintain are taken out of service for student transportation. They are typically sold or utilized as work vehicles by the district's Operations & Maintenance Department.

The annual budget impact of the bus purchases is relatively stable because the district retires debt from previous purchases as new buses come online. State aid reimburses the district for about 60 percent of the cost of buses. While the vehicles will only be purchased if the proposition is approved, the financing costs are already accounted for in the proposed budget - and therefore would not add to the budget total.

If the proposition is approved, the district plans to buy two full-size buses (70 passengers) and eight smaller buses, including three that will be equipped for wheelchairs. The smaller buses, of various sizes up to 30-passenger, provide versatility and safety.

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