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Voters to decide on bus proposition this May

District reduces overall bus fleet by another two buses to save maintenance costs

BKW’s transportation department has taken steps to reduce and update its bus fleet again this year. Last May, voters approved a bus proposition that allowed the district to buy three buses and sell five. The entire purchase of the three buses was eligible for New York State Transportation Aid reimbursement.

In addition to this, the Board of Education recently approved the sale of two older and surplus buses in the district’s fleet.

By updating and reducing the overall size of the bus fleet, the district will save money in bus maintenance and repair costs that it normally would have needed to pay.

This May, another bus proposition will be placed before voters to update the district’s bus fleet. If residents approve the bus proposition on May 21, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District would purchase four new school buses and sell four of the buses in its current fleet.

The four new buses will consist of two 66 passenger buses and two 28 passenger buses and cost a total of $331,812.10. To make the purchase, the district would use $130,000 from its Transportation Reserve Fund and finance the remaining cost of $201,812.10 with a five year bond. The entire purchase is eligible for New York State Transportation Aid reimbursement.

“This purchase will have no net impact on the district’s budget,” said David Hodgkinson BKW’s School Business Official. “The transportation aid the district would receive will be paid over a five year period and would be more than the bond payments the district would have to make in the next five years.”