School district to buy new bus

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The Washington School Board accepted a bid of $107,020 from the firm School Bus Sales during its regular meeting Wednesday evening.

Washington Schools Superintendent Willie Stone told the board bids had been solicited from three businesses and two bids were received. He said transportation director Woody Hardin had recommended the winning bid.

During the August meeting, the board discussed purchasing a bus that uses propane as a cost-saving measure. Stone had said the buses don?t get as many miles per gallon but don?t use as much oil. He also said the district wouldn?t have to worry about a bus gelling up with kids on it. He stressed he speaks of school safety and making sure students are in the safest environment possible, which students being stranded on a bus in cold weather would not be. On Wednesday he said the bus the district is purchasing has that option included.

Stone said the district would put a bus out to bid to replace an existing bus in the district?s fleet. He said the district has a 10-year replacement plan for all the buses and he wants to keep up with the plan.