A run-down school bus with more than 254,000 miles is being replaced by the Wellington board of education for the upcoming school year.
The 11-year-old handicap-accessible short bus failed inspection. Superintendent Dennis Mock said its exterior and motor caused it to fail.
The school board voted last Tuesday to begin the bidding process. Mock said a price limit has not been set but the cost will come out of the district’s permanent improvement fund.
The district is looking for a smaller school bus that seats 18 to 20 students and is accessible to students with disabilities.
Mock said the bus will be used to transport students with special needs and extracurricular teams that have fewer than 20 members.
A standard-sized bus typically costs a little under $90,000 and a smaller bus is between $50,000 and $60,000.
Mock said it’s possible the district may purchase two buses if it can find a reasonable deal.
“We think it’s going to be one but it’s good to set the feelers out to see if the ability to purchase two is a possibility,” he said.
Mock said Wellington Schools business manager Tim Wulfhoop was also exploring the option of purchasing a school van, which would seat a similar number of students as a small bus.
The district currently has 13 buses and one van. Eight of those buses, including the bus the district is replacing, run regular routes and the rest are spares.
The bus the district is replacing was the only one to fail inspection.
The Black River school board also recently approved the purchase of two buses at a cost of $89,835 each.
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Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock talks to the board about the small bus that failed inspection and the need to purchase a new one.