• Tulsa Public Schools approves bond for more buses

    By: Preston Jones

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    TULSA, Okla. - More school buses are coming to Tulsa after the school board approved spending on a $1.5 million bond Monday night.
     
    Officials said the money will also help keep school doors open when the temperatures drop below freezing.

    “With the cold weather that we had a few weeks ago, we have buses that may have a little bit more difficulty starting in the cold,” said Chris Payne, with Tulsa Public Schools.
     
    In a few weeks the district with have 20 extra buses. Every day 15,000 students ride them, and some of the older buses are more than 12 years old.

    “We’re trying to keep our budget dollars focused on kids in classrooms and teachers in classrooms. We don’t want to pour a lot of money into maintenance,” Payne said.
     
    The school board could approve another bond measure in March that will bring even more buses to the district.
     
    “We’re trying to get on a cycle where we can purchase about 20 new buses per year and roll these in,” Payne said.


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