Utica Community Schools OKs $841,960 for New Wheels
The Utica board of education approved the purchase of 10 new school buses this week to replace older models currently in service.
The newest additions to Utica Community Schools’ fleet of school buses will ring in at roughly $84,196 a piece.
The board of education approved a total of $845,806.90 Monday for the purchase of 10 buses and 10 mobile radios ($3,846.90) to replace older models currently in use.
Whereas many of the older buses seat only 65 or 66 people, the newer models have a 77-person seating capacity, which has helped the district reduce its fleet in the last three years from 252 buses to 245 today.
All buses are purchased through the MSBO/MAPT Bus Purchase Program, which provides a significant discount on the overall cost. The purchase is being funded by the 2009 bond issue.
There are currently 66 77-passenger buses, 123 65-passenger buses, 29 47-passenger buses with wheelchair lifts, 19 47-passenger buses, two 23-passenger buses, two 18-passenger buses and four 16-passenger buses in the Utica fleet.