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Special vote set for school bus leasing

Remember to go the Warrensburg Elementary School gym on James St. from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 9 to vote on whether to lease three school buses. The special vote will be on a single proposition to lease three buses: one 66 passenger bus, one 48 passenger bus and one 36 passenger bus at an expected cost of $48,000. With this special vote, the board of education seeks to drastically reduce spiraling repair costs and to update the district's fleet and reduce up-front bus purchase expenses to the district taxpayers.

For safety considerations and to meet state regulations, timely replacement of aging school buses is necessary. For the 2010-1011 school year, three buses need to be replaced.Each of the three buses to be retired have logged over 100,000 miles and maintenance costs are escalating.

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