Ardmore City Schools has made an addition to its bus fleet. The ACS Board of Education on Tuesday approved the purchase of a 2008 International bus from Healdton Public Schools. ACS operations director Chris Kennedy told the board that the new bus is already equipped with about $3,800 worth of lift equipment and includes air conditioning.
“In rural settings, sometimes it is very, very expensive for them (special needs buses) to be able to run,” Kennedy said, adding that the surplus equipment from another school has just over 86,000 miles and can be purchased for about $4,000.
He said the most current special needs buses in the ACS fleet are 2007 models. He also disclosed a $2,800 repair estimate from Healdton, but told board members that the fix could be made for about $600.
“I think it would be a good investment for us,” Kennedy said, adding that the special needs transportation abilities of the district are currently stretched thin.
In other business, the board:
• approved AHS Vocal Music fundraiser request;
• approved revisions to board policies and administrative procedures;
• approved academic calendar 2019-2020;
• appointed Harry Spring as legislative liaison to the Oklahoma State School Board Association;
• approved additions to the Substitute Personnel Roster;
• approved the retirement requests of Raymond Baker, Lincoln ES custodian, and Dianne Shelton, Ardmore HS cook/cashier.