Bartow approves new school buses
by Mark Andrews
Feb 25, 2014 | 982 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County Board of Education on Monday approved its consent agenda during its regular business session, which included the purchase of six school bus bodies and chassis in the amount of $93,034 to be paid for with state bus bonds and bus replacement reserves.

Superintendent John Harper said the system considered propane-powered buses, but opted to go with its traditional use of diesel fuel buses.

“One of the things we have found currently is that the cost of the bus is prohibitive, and ... the difference between what we’re buying and what [a propane bus manufacturer] is proposing is about $12,000. And then the cost savings will take about 10 years to recoup that, and of course, buses aren’t good for that long anyway,” Harper said. “Then you have to put in all that infrastructure to put fuel in the buses, and when people hear about propane, they think, ‘We’ll just put some device on the bus and they’ll run,’ but they have to be an engine that is built for propane.”

Other approved items include:

• Purchase of replacement computer software;

• Approval of furniture, fixtures and construction contingencies for additions and renovations at Hamilton Crossing and White elementary schools;

• Approval to purchase Apple computers, HP Network Switches and Epson Projectors for the new Emerson Elementary School.

For more on Monday’s work session and business session, read Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Tribune News.