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 &
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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