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WCS voters approve leasing buses

WARRENSBURG-In a low turnout Tuesday March 22, voters in the Warrensburg Central School District approved a proposition to lease school buses.

The vote was 147 in favor, and 42 opposed to the resolution to lease three 66-passenger school buses, which school officials have said would save money over outright purchase, as well as avoid repair hassles.

"We're very pleased that voters overwhelmingly supported this proposition," Superintendent of Schools Tim Lawson said after the vote. "Now we'll proceed in the budget development process with solid numbers."

School officials held the special election so they could have accurate figures in the 2011-12 school budget rather than merely estimates. This is year No. 2 of the Board of Education's five-year plan to lease instead of purchase buses, as voters approved a similar leasing proposition last year.

The 189 votes cast Tuesday, March 22 is between one-third and one-fifth the routine number of votes routine for a school district election.

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