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On the ballot: Bus Replacement Proposition

Filed in Archive by on April 25, 2019

bus infographicNew York State law requires the district to receive voter approval to borrow money for capital expenditures such as bus purchases.

At a cost of $1,088,500, the proposal will replace four large buses and 10 smaller, 30-passenger buses.

The bus purchase is part of an ongoing plan to keep the district’s fleet up to date. School buses must pass rigorous annual state inspections. Replacement of buses normally occurs when it is no longer cost-effective to make the repairs necessary to meet those standards.

The district has proposed replacing approximately 8 percent of the fleet annually as the most effective way to maintain its vehicles and to control the maintenance costs that come with keeping older buses on the road. The buses to be replaced are approximately 12 years old. The cost of the debt service on the new buses is reimbursed by the state, currently at a rate of about 62 percent. The estimated final cost to local taxpayers would be $413,630.

Vote Tuesday, May 21, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at BCHS Upper Gym.

Learn more about the proposed 2018-19 school district budget.