Falls City Public Schools Seeking New School Bus for Activity Transport

FALLS CITY – Falls City Public Schools are looking to update their fleet of school busses.

Transportation supervisor Rod Baker told the school board that he has begun looking into purchasing a new bus that would be used to transport students to various activities.

The new bus would replace one that is 20 years old. In fact, as various school board members pointed out, seven of the school’s busses are over 20 years old.

The cost of a new, air-conditioned bus would be around $140,000. It would also include coach-style seating instead of the typical bench-style seats.

Superintendent Tim Heckenlively says they operate with a large fleet of busses and will oftentimes buy a new bus every other year. Heckenlively says that he relies on Baker’s input when purchasing a new bus.

“I work with him and lean heavily on him for the recommendation on which vehicle is probably needing updating the most,” says Heckenlively.

Baker pointed to early next year as a time to potentially purchase a bus. Baker said that would apply for grants but gave no guarantees that the district would receive one.

No official decision was made by the school board this week.

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