School officials approved the purchase of six new vehicles. Four of the vehicles will be used primarily to transport small, student activity groups and special education activities.
According to a memo from Gary Diener, district activities director, the USD 231 has not added to its fleet in the last three years.
“Since that time, the enrollment for student activities and (special education services) has outpaced the ability for current vehicles to meet daily needs,” Diener wrote.
The school board approved the purchase of four, 10-passenger vans and two trucks for transportation at a cost of $149,849. The trucks will be used for maintenance.
Two older district vehicles will be traded in as part of the purchase.
Diener wrote that under typical financial circumstances, the district would add one maintenance vehicle and one activities van each year to account for wear-and tear. That figure does not include additional vehicles needed due to growth in student population.
Even with the new purchases, Diener wrote that the district’s fleet includes eight vehicles with more than 100,000 miles.
— Danedri Thompson