Mohonasen residents will be asked to vote on a proposition to purchase five full-size, 66-passenger buses at a total cost of $560,000. Of this amount, 68.4 percent ($383,040) would be reimbursed through state aid, leaving the district responsible to pay for $176,960, or $35,392 a year for five years.
Mohonasen has been following a regular bus replacement schedule based on mileage, age of vehicles, repair history and condition. Assistant Superintendent for Business Chhris Ruberti said the district typically retires the same number of buses it purchases each year. For 2016-17, however, the district will only retire three buses. “We will keep two additional buses to address expected increases in enrollment in the district,” he said.
According to Ruberti, the purchase of these vehicles would have no impact on next year’s budget. Since the district is always retiring debt, the new purchase would result in a minimal increase on overall debt levels.