A new activity bus will soon be rolling into the city school system’s fleet now that the Clinton City Board of Education has unanimously approved its purchase and finance.
Assistant superintendent for finances/facilities Clyde Locklear came before city school board members during Thursday night’s board meeting with a recommendation that the system’s administration be allowed to purchase a 72-passenger — the largest capacity — Carolina Thomas activity bus from State Term Contract in order to replace a 25 year old bus, the oldest of the system’s six activity buses currently in its fleet.
“We have an activity bus that needs to be replaced,” stressed Locklear, sharing that the cost of the bus would come to $88,384 plus the cost of applicable tax, tags, and title fees, a price that is at the low end of the previously anticipated range of $88,000 to $90,000.
In addition to the purchase of the activity bus, Locklear requested that the city school board approve financing the activity bus purchase for a five year term through First Citizens Bank, describing bank’s financing package as “the most favorable package” of the ones sought. He also informed school board members that since the financing is for a five year term it will not only need their approval but also the approval of the Sampson County Board of Commissioners.
School board member Randy Barefoot made a motion to approve both the purchasing and financing of the new activity bus, contingent upon the county commissioners’ approval; Locklear said that hopefully the county commissioners would make their decision when they hold their next meeting in January. School board vice chairman E. R. Mason provided the needed second.Before voting, school board member Carol Worley recused herself from the vote, citing her employment with First Citizens Bank as the reason. The motion carried with a unanimous vote from the five remaining school board members.
Before moving on to the next item on the agenda, school board member Diane Viser inquired as to what was involved in removing the old activity bus from the system’s fleet.
Locklear explained that the activity bus needed replacing due to major engine problems and that it would be considered surplus and put up for public sale.
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