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ELCS voters pass pair of bus purchases

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Bus 73 has driven over 119,000 miles and is in need of replacement, according to Superintendent Scott Osborne.

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Bus 73 has driven over 119,000 miles and is in need of replacement, according to Superintendent Scott Osborne.

—  The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District will be getting two new buses to help replace an aging fleet.

Voters accepted a pair of propositions from the school district during polling Feb. 6 to purchase the vehicles. The first, a 22-passenger handicap-accessible school bus not to exceed $66,500, passed 95-18; while the second to purchase a 35-passenger school bus not to exceed $53,000, also passed 94-16.

“The community’s support of Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School continues to be strong,” Superintendent Scott Osborne said. “I’m appreciative of the support we’ve received for our fleet replacement plans; we’re taking appropriate steps to be thoughtful in how we use and maintain our buses, and the community recognizes that. We certainly have support here.”

Osborne previously said that school is facing an aging bus inventory that needs to be addressed.

“We put a lot of miles on these and our school bus fleet is aging rapidly,” he said. “Right now there are no spare buses in our fleet. Two did not pass DOT inspection. We need to get back into the cycle of replacing our buses.”

The 22-passenger, handicapped accessible bus would replace their current pair of handicapped accessible buses.

“We are really cautious with Bus 73 right now,” Osborne said. “It is far beyond the end of its lifespan with 137,443 miles on it. Our other bus, 77, has 113,939 miles on it. We are only asking for one and we would take 73 out of service and use 77 as a spare.”

The 35 passenger bus would replace Bus 70, which has 119,310 miles on it.

Payment for the buses would come from the current budget’s fund balance.

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