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Grant allowing Claymont to retire four aging school buses

| February 23, 2022

DENNISON (WJER) (Feb. 23, 2022) – Claymont school leaders are taking advantage of an opportunity to replace the district’s oldest buses for a fraction of the cost. 

Superintendent Brian Rentsch told school board members during last week’s meeting the district is eligible for a state grant that will pay $261,000 toward four new school buses.

“Buses are $95,000 to $97,000 and we currently are running them probably about 15 years, 20 years. We have some that are 20-plus older and the 20-plus older will be coming out of our fleet.”

The opportunity came about as part of the Fair School Funding Plan lawmakers included in the state’s biennium budget. Members considered two quotes and accepted the one from Truck Sales and Service in Midvale even though the cost per bus was $1,320 per bus more.

“My personal opinion, $1,320 to stay local, Truck Sales gives that much back to the community and we have to support our taxpayers and our local businesses,” said board Vice-President Lois Grandison.

Transportation Director Eric Henry told members the price difference is because buses included in the local company’s quote have better tires and LED walkway lighting. 

The bus the board ordered from the company last month is included in the four members agreed to purchase last week, although they did have to rescind the resolution authorizing the purchase so they could approve a new one.

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