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Buses on school board’s agenda

By Bethany Knipp

The Manhattan-Ogden school board will review a recommendation to purchase six buses to replace aging units that failed a recent inspection.

USD 383 transportation director Doug Messer is scheduled to bring the issue before the board, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to agenda information, the current consideration for the district is to purchase five used, 71-passenger buses from Midwest Transit Equipment Inc. in Swansea, Ill., for $348,345. Those buses would have between 10,000 and 24,000 miles on them and eight years of factory warranty left. Each unit would cost $69,669.

The buses would be paid for from the district’s capital outlay fund.

The board also will consider the purchase of an 18-passenger lift bus that can hold up to four wheelchairs for $101,801 from Midwest Transit’s Nixa, Mo., location.

Funding for the new bus would come from a special education equipment fund.

The five 71-passenger buses would replace four old ones that did not pass an annual inspection process because of excessive corrosion. A fifth bus is projected to have the same problems next year.

Should the school board approve it, those five old buses will be auctioned off through Purple Wave Inc., which is contracted to dispose of USD 383’s surplus property. Proceeds from the auction will be returned to the district’s capital outlay transportation fund.

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