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Residents to vote on bus purchase proposition

A proposition on the May 16 ballot will ask voters to consider authorizing the purchase of four replacement school buses—two 66-passenger buses, one
30-passenger bus and a minivan—at an overall cost not to exceed $305,000.

If the proposition is approved, the district would receive approximately
73.2 percent of the purchase price in state aid over a five-year period to reduce the cost of borrowing. The resulting net cost is about $81,740 or $16,348 per year for each year of the five years of the payments. The school district would also receive state aid on the cost of borrowing to pay for the buses.

Why does the district purchase buses every school year

The proposed bus purchases are part of an ongoing bus replacement plan designed to ensure students are transported on buses that meet the latest safety standards. The plan also allows the district to trade in or phase out older, high-mileage vehicles to avoid the cost inefficiencies related to keeping them in service.

What happens if the bus proposition is defeated?

If the proposition is defeated, the district estimates it would have to spend at least $16,348 (the annual non-aided cost of the installment purchase) during the next two school years to repair or refurbish existing buses to keep them in service. Such repairs would have to meet New York State Department of Transportation requirements for school bus safety. Subsequent repairs to the buses would also be likely due to high-mileage and body-wear issues, resulting in additional costs. The district’s existing buses would also continue to depreciate in value.




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