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SACS approves replacing two 14-passenger buses

– The Southwest Allen County Schools board approved the purchase Tuesday of two special-purpose vehicles to be used for extracurricular activities.

The 14-passenger buses will cost the district about $57,598 each and will be paid for from the 2013 Bus Replacement Fund. The buses being replaced are 12 years old, Southwest Allen Business Manager Jim Coplen said.

One of the buses has about 99,500 miles and the other has more than 76,000 miles, he said.

The board voted unanimously to buy two vehicles rather than three vehicles as originally proposed. The district has six special-purpose vehicles that are used for students with special needs, sports teams and other extracurricular activities such as the band and speech team, Coplen said.

Project update

Also Tuesday, the board gave permission for the district to advertise for bids on construction projects at Haverhill and Lafayette Meadows elementary schools.

Those projects include a $700,000 kitchen renovation project at Haverhill to add about 1,218 square feet and a $100,000 project at Lafayette Meadows to create a secure entry point for visitors.

The bids are expected to be opened March 27, and the board plans to review the bids at its April 16 meeting.

jcrothers@jg.net

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