Dexter Community School’s Board of Education unanimously approved the purchase of three new standard buses and one new special needs bus.
Executive Director of Support Services Sean Burton explained the purchases were needed to replace existing buses that have “reached the end of their useful life of safely transporting the students of Dexter Community Schools.”
Burton explained the average life span of a school bus is around 100,000 miles depending upon the route. Board member Julia Schumaker questioned if there was any thought for moving to more environmentally friendly transportation at some point in the future. Burton explained that until there was a fuel source in the Dexter area, it wasn’t feasible.
The recommendation, discussed by the board previously on February 27, was for the purchase of three new 77 passenger buses at a cost of $88,370 each and one 53 passenger Special Needs bus at a cost of $101,560. Total cost of the new buses is $366,670. The purchase will be made from available bond funds.