O-A Residents to Vote on Bus Purchase


Owego-Apalachin School District residents will vote Tuesday on a plan to purchase four new school buses.
It is part of the district’s replacement plan, which calls for buses to be taken out of service after 10-12 years on the road.
Owego-Apalachin is looking to replace three full-size buses and one smaller bus. Combined, the four have logged more than 560,000 miles.
The new buses would cost the district around $11,000 a year for the next five years after state aid is figured in. Owego-Apalachin Superintendent Dr. Bill Russell says that state aid will go elsewhere if O-A voters reject the bus proposal.
Besides the state aid, the district says the new buses would save around $100,000 in fuel costs over the next 10-12 years.
Voting will be held from 1 to 8pm on Tuesday at both the Owego and Apalachin Elementary Schools.

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