M-U board OKs bus purchase


By Cecilia Fox - cfox@aimmediamidwest.com



WEST MILTON — At their meeting Monday night, the Milton-Union board of education approved the purchase of new buses and heard an update on other transportation maintenance issues.

The board approved the replacement of two older school buses with a 72-passenger Cardinal Blue Bird conventional bus at a cost of $86,597 and a 52-passenger Cardinal Blue Bird handicap bus at a cost of $93,934. The handicap bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift, which accounts for the difference in cost.

According to the district’s treasurer Kay Altenburger, the purchases are both on the district’s bus replacement schedule and in the budget.

“Typically we replace one bus a year and every now and then we do two. So this is the ‘every now and then,’” she said.

Another of the district’s buses requires a new motor to keep it in operation. The bus is about 10 years old and the district typically keeps buses for around 15 to 20 years.

A new motor will cost about $12,000 and comes with a two-year warranty. The repairs can be paid for from the permanent improvement fund, Altenburger added.

The board also approved the transfer of $491,408 from the permanent improvement fund to the debt services fund.

“This is a routine resolution moving money that we collect by income tax through the permanent improvement fund to debt services to pay for the bond,” Altenburger explained.

In other business, the board approved two trips for the Business Professionals of America. Several high school students in the program will attend the state conference in Columbus next March and may advance to the national convention in Dallas, Texas, in May.

The board’s next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the board conference room.

By Cecilia Fox

cfox@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Cecilia at cfox@aimmediamidwest.com.

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