The Dell Rapids School District is adding to its fleet of buses.
The school board finalized a six-month process of purchasing two brand new 71-passenger buses during its meeting Monday, July 8 when it approved North Central Bus Sales’ bid of $155,327.19 for the two Bluebirds.
The district will pay down the costs of the buses with three annual payments of $51,775 with an interest rate of 2 percent.
The district will trade its 2005 International – valued at $15,000 – as a part of the deal.
Board member Matt Weiland said the condition of the bus being traded has been worsening with ongoing motor and electrical problems.
The board had considered trading a second bus, a 2001 International, but chose to keep it and expand its bus fleet to 12 after learning its trade in value was about $2,000.
“How much is that worth if you have a bus that goes down when you need five activity buses and six route buses all going at the same time?” Weiland said. “I think it would be extremely valuable to have an extra bus that you can lean on in case one breaks down or just to use when you need an extra.”