Voters to decide on $939,400 bus purchase proposition

A separate proposition will appear on the May 21 ballot to replace aging school buses at a total cost of $939,400. The purchase would include six 66-passenger buses, one 60-passenger bus with chains, one 35-passenger bus with air conditioning, and one 12-passenger bus with 3 wheelchair stations and air conditioning.

The new buses will replace vehicles that are 11 years old. The New York State Department of Transportation requires that all school buses pass rigorous inspection criteria. Maintaining older buses to meet those criteria is extremely costly, often costlier than the value of the buses once they are more than 10 years old.

Approximately 50% of the bus purchase would be returned to the district in the form of future state aid, reducing the cost to local taxpayers by $469,700.

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