District considers buying new buses

With the budget in line and the transportation fund touting more than $400,000, the South Whidbey School District may buy some new buses this summer.

Dan Poolman, the district’s business director, said the district will request to purchase three new school buses in July. He reported to the school board Tuesday that the transportation budget has $416,724, and the buses may cost about $325,000.

Next school year, Poolman will be in charge of the district’s transportation. District Superintendent Jo Moccia announced the school district eliminated its transportation supervisor position. The duties are to be split among Poolman, Moccia and a maintenance supervisor.

The district cut about $1 million from its 2012-2013 school year budget, as 100 fewer students are expected to enroll. Poolman reported about $11.7 million of the budget is spent on salaries and benefits, including $721,509 for administrators and $5.5 million on certificated staff, mostly teachers.


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