The Bond County Community Unit 2 board of education has taken action to improve the district’s bus fleet next year.
The board approved the purchase of three 77-passenger regular buses with air conditioning and one 63-passenger bus with a wheelchair lift and air conditioning, to be ordered this year and received in August of 2017.
The buses will be paid for during the 2018 fiscal year.
Unit 2 plans to enter into a five-year lease/purchase agreement and after that the district will own them. The cost will be approximately $362,000.
The buses are being purchased from Midwest Bus Sales of Litchfield using the state-bid program prices.
Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson said the district is fortunate to have their own in-house maintenance/service mechanics. Many districts lease buses, while Unit 2 has always purchased theirs. However, they have not made a bus purchase in about three years.
Olson said since they haven’t bought new ones in a while, the district has been increasing their budget for maintenance and repair of the existing fleet. He said the district is nearing the threshold where it is becoming a strain financially and time-wise and it is time to consider purchasing some new buses to keep the fleet up to date.
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All new buses include camera systems.