School system asks county for money to buy smaller buses

10:00 am | May 15, 2013

Although the county school board presented a fully balanced budget, a need to safely transport its students required the request of additional funds from the county’s Budget Committee.

Photo by Danny DavisDirector of Schools Kevin Ward addresses the county's Budget Committee during a workshop Tuesday night. Ward requested that the county restore $105,000 that the school system plans to spend on replacement buses.

Photo by Danny Davis
Director of Schools Kevin Ward addresses the county’s Budget Committee during a workshop Tuesday night. Ward requested that the county restore $105,000 that the school system plans to spend on replacement buses.

On Tuesday night, during a budget workshop, Director of Schools Kevin Ward asked the county to restore $105,000 to the school system to purchase two Type B buses to transport students across Smalling Road Bridge.

“This has come up, not at the last minute, but in the last few weeks,” Ward said. “We’re coming to you with a balanced budget with a request for $105,000.”

On April 8, an inspector from the Tennessee Department of Transportation advised the county’s Highway Committee that the Smalling Road Bridge should not be traveled by Type C buses, which can weigh anywhere from nine to 14.75 tons.
Type B buses, on the other hand, weigh approximately five tons, and would stay four tons below the bridge’s weight limit.

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