As part of the FY 2006
Budget deliberations, the School Board indicated a need to
purchase school buses to replace older vehicles in the
school bus fleet. In a joint Budget meeting between the
Board of Supervisors and the School Board, a discussion
occurred concerning the possible County funding of one-time
issues in the School Division Budget. In order to balance
the School Budget, the School Board cut school bus funding.
The School Division has now requested $495,990 to purchase
nine (9) school buses. If funding is made available to the
School Division quickly, 2005 year buses can be purchased at
a savings of $2,605 per bus. These savings are included in
the requested amount.
It should also be noted that
these buses would be available immediately and would be
ready for the beginning of the 2005 – 2006 school year. If
buses are ordered later, they would be 2006 year buses.
These buses would have to be built and unavailable for three
to six months after the order is placed, and would not be on
hand for the opening of the school year.