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Bay District Schools Updating an Aging School Bus Fleet

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Bay District Schools is buying seven new buses, but it's not "going green," just yet.

At the School Board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Board  approved the purchase of new diesel buses, despite discussions of eventually using other fuel sources. The Board agreed the cost of using another source such as propane would be more than it could take on at this point. The Board only set aside a million dollars for new buses this school year.

"Those seven buses are already built, sitting at the warehouse or the factory," said Transportation Director Bob Downin. "We can get them in the next two months."

Downin said he needs the additional buses as soon as possible because the entire district is feeling the effects of an aging fleet. Students are still arriving late to school in the mornings, and on Tuesday, 15 buses were broken down with not a single bus to spare.

"We need more buses. The problem is because of the downturn in the economy several years ago, we were unable to keep up the new buses in the fleet, and we're paying that price right now," said Superintendent Bill Husfelt.

The District bought ten new buses this summer so it will have a total of 17 new buses when the order is complete.

The Board plans to spend about a million dollars each year on new buses until the fleet is updated.

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