Beatrice Public Schools to Examine Lease-Purchase for Bus Barn

BEATRICE – Beatrice Public Schools will investigate the cost of a potential lease-purchase arrangement, for bus barn space.

The district’s transportation provider, Mid States School Bus, is losing their rented space…a building being acquired by Exmark Manufacturing.   The company has been looking for space to lease, but School Superintendent Pat Nauroth says one option under consideration is company construction of a building near the high school, that the district could acquire over a five-to-seven year period.

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One piece of the plan is to eventually replace a worn-out district maintenance facility.  Nauroth says he does not recommend the district constructing a bus barn and charging the bus company rent….given the higher initial cost of doing so.

Board members authorized moving forward with getting cost estimates, a possible lease-purchase agreement and building diagram.   School officials have options for using part of 26 acres of land the district owns just west of the high school.  Two of the three preferred options on property near a secondary access to the school would not impact any future athletic facility development.

School Board member Steve Winter says a lease proposal does move the district toward completing a goal with maintenance facilities.

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Nauroth says the project for now, involves the bus barn for Mid States, not a new maintenance facility to replace the one next to Athletic Park.

Beatrice Public Schools has one year remaining on a three-year agreement with Mid States School Bus, to provide district transportation services. Nauroth says Mid States has looked at leasing other space in the community.

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The Superintendent said Mid States prefers a facility near the school and has undertaken such public-private projects, before.

The BPS Board expressed support for the administration to get move forward with obtaining cost estimates and a potential lease-purchase plan.

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