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Ottawa sells three school buses

By The Herald Staff | 7/31/2013

It’s not often a governing body gives a contract to the highest bidder.

But in the Ottawa school board’s recent case, awarding three of the district’s surplus buses to the highest bidder seemed to be the logical choice.

It’s not often a governing body gives a contract to the highest bidder.

But in the Ottawa school board’s recent case, awarding three of the district’s surplus buses to the highest bidder seemed to be the logical choice.

The board voted 7-0 July 22 to sell three out-of-service passenger buses to Wes’s Recycling for $5,550. Of the three bidders, the Centerville, Kan., company offered the district the highest price for the surplus vehicles. The other two bids came in at $5,400 and $1,500.

The Wes’s Recycling bid included towing the buses from the school district’s lot at 513 W. Wilson St., Ottawa.

The three buses, all of which were more than 15 years old, included a 1995 71-passenger International bus, a 1996 53-passenger International bus and a 1997 71-passenger International bus, Deb Spruytte, the school district’s transportation supervisor, said.

At its June 24 meeting, the school board voted 5-0 to approve the lease-purchase of two 71-passenger buses for a total of $167,292 from Midwest Bus, Bonner Springs, Kan. The district would own both buses at the end of the three-year, lease-purchase agreement, Richard Smith, the school district’s director of facilities and operations, said in an earlier interview.

“These two route buses would replace two older buses in our fleet,” Smith said.

Board members also approved at the June meeting the lease-purchase of a 14-passenger bus for $70,743 from Masters Transportation, Belton, Mo., to help transport the district’s special education students.

“Under the lease-purchase agreement, the district will own the bus after three years,” Smith said.

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