WASD School Board hears proposals for extracurricular bus and Redgranite 4K Program

During the Wautoma Area School Board of Education Monthly Meeting on Monday, Feb. 10 at Riverview Elementary School, District Administrator Tom Rheinheimer presented two proposals to the Board; first, the purchase of an extra-curricular passenger bus as a way to help brand the District in a new and fresh way as well as the creation of a 4K Program at Redgranite Elementary School beginning in the fall of 2020-2021.


Each year, the WASD budgets $100,000 for a new yellow bus to be added to their existing fleet, which allows the district to sell an older bus in order to keep the fleet sustainable. After speaking to WASD Transportation Director Dave Reilly as well as Wenninger Auto, the contracted mechanic for the district, they felt their oldest two buses in the existing fleet still have a good few years of driving left and now would be a great opportunity to purchase a white passenger bus with a WASD Hornet Wrap for extracurricular activities.

During his presentation, Rheinheimer stated the cost of a traditional 70-seat yellow bus is about $89,000, and the proposal for a white 36 passenger bus which could cost the district $93,800, before additional expenses for luggage racks and possibly air-conditioning. The passenger bus, which would be purchased through Mid-State, would also come with a WASD Hornet Wrap and would only be used to transport students with less than 36 members to and from athletic and extra-curricular events.


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