February 12, 2014

School board moves forward on bus deal

By Chris Erickson

The Beulah Board of Education held a special meeting early this month to discuss how to move forward with a new bus before ultimately deciding which option to go with.
Board director Dwight Hatzenbuhler led discussion on the topic as he had been researching the best way forward for the school board recently.
“If you’re looking at a 2005 with 400,000-500,000 miles on it you’re looking at $180,000,” Hatzenbuhler said. “That’s with no warranty. They’re checked over. If you’re looking at a bus with a new engine installed that will add $50,000.”
According to Hatzenbuhler, the board wasn’t going to find anything 10 years old or newer for less than a range of $180,000-225,000. In terms of coach buses versus activity buses, the coaches could haul more passengers and provided more storage areas.
Superintendent Todd Kaylor said that a coach bus would likely be about 10 years old at a cost of $250,000.
“The average maintenance that goes into a bus is $8,000-15,000 per year,” Kaylor said. “For an activity bus we’re looking at $170,000-180,000 and would have a brand new bus. With that comes a 5-year warranty across the board. That would be loaded.”


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