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Vehicles top School Board agenda

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HARTINGTON — Hartington-Newcastle School Board members agreed to make some changes Monday to their fleet of vehicles.

The Board agreed to purchase a new van from Pearson Motor Company for $28,100. This replaces a Ford Expedition that was being used at the Newcastle site. That vehicle recently blew an engine.

“We’ve  been stretching what vehicles we’ve got to get by, but that could really put us in a bind,” Supt. A.J. Johnson said.

The Board also approved the purchase of a new 59-passenger bus from Bluebird for $87,499. They expect the bus to be delivered some time in November.

Last month they sold the 2001 bus that blew an engine.

“We were down to one spare with activities if another bus goes down, it was going to put us in a real pickle,”Johnson said.

The Board also agreed Monday to sell the 2009 special education bus to C&H Truck Sales, Sioux City, Iowa, for $850. The Board approved the purchase of a new special education bus at its September meeting. That new bus has already been delivered and is now in use.