School eyes leasing buses to boost safety, avoid repairs

"After five years, we'd have no buses over five years old," he said.

The result would be a newer fleet with improved safety, far less repairs and less administrative hassle - all at a similar cost, he said.

In the long run, there might be cost savings by reducing the number of school fleet mechanics through attrition, or downgrading the positions to driver, which could also save taxpayer money, Lawson said.

The vote on the proposition is set for 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 9 in the Elementary School Gym.

The proposal entails leasing three vehicles: one 66-passenger bus; one 48-passenger bus and one 36-passenger bus.

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