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Schuyler Community Schools is getting a new school bus.

During the Jan. 15 school board meeting, Superintendent Dan Hoesing proposed the district purchase a 71-passenger bus for $62,250.

“It’s a pretty straight-line bus with straight-back seats,” Hoesing said. “The bus was brought up last Thursday (Jan. 11) and the board committee went through it. It has 29,000 miles on it, so it’s not new, but we were able to get it at half price.”

Hoesing said a 43-passenger bus manufactured in 1998 will be the oldest model in the district's fleet following the purchase.

The new bus will be used to transport elementary students.

“This way we’ll have two 71-passenger buses,” Hoesing said. “We need another route for the larger class sizes in the elementary. We’ll also be able to take the class size on trips.”

School board member Chuck Misek recently reviewed the new bus and its condition. He said it is in “pretty good shape” with good tires and part of the warranty remaining.

“It will get us by for a long, long time,” Misek said.

The school board also elected officers for 2018 with nobody changing positions. The officers remain Richard Brabec as president, Brian Vavricek as vice president, Virginia Semerad as secretary and Misek as treasurer.

In other business, Schuyler Elementary School teacher Samantha Kelly submitted her resignation in January.

“We want to thank Samantha Kelly for her service to the district,” Semerad said.

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