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Washington Co. Board of Education briefs

September 07, 2011

WASHINGTON COUNTY — 17 new buses coming next spring
Washington County Public Schools will get 17 new school buses next spring, including six wheelchair buses.

The county Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to buy the buses through the renewal of the last contract with K Neal International, of Hyattsville, Md.

The new buses will cost $1,510,131, Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman said.

Freeman said it’s unusual to recommend a contract renewal rather than a competitive bid, but K Neal International’s prices — with a 2 percent increase over last year’s prices — were lower than the second lowest bidder’s prices from last year’s competitive bid for school buses.

The cost of buses is expected to increase by at least $1,400 as soon as October due to the increasing cost of commodities, particularly steel and rubber, Freeman said.

If school board officials want to order more buses at the current price, they would need to decide soon, she said.

The deal includes trading in 17 school buses. Those buses would continue to be used through June 2012, according to presentation documents.

Board to host community meeting Sept. 27
The Washington County Board of Education plans to host a coffee and conversation with community members on Sept. 27.

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The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., is tentatively scheduled to be held at Washington County Technical High School.

Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said he will attend.

— Julie E. Greene

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