District 214 uses grant for new wheelchair-accessible buses

 
 
Updated 9/13/2013 5:03 AM

Northwest Suburban High School District 214 approved buying new activity buses to transport students with some help from a federal grant.

The school board on Thursday approved the purchase of five multifunction school activity buses and two wheelchair-accessible multifunction school activity buses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The five regular buses will cost the district $228,035, but after a $57,500 trade-in on five 2005 buses, the district will pay $170,535.

The money for these buses was worked into the 2013-14 transportation budget, said Superintendent David Schuler.

The buses will be used to transport students to co-curricular activities, field trips and work sites.

Each of the two accessible buses purchased can transport three students in wheelchairs.

"The need for district transportation of special education wheelchair-bound students is increasing," board documents stated.

A federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grant will pay for the full cost of the wheelchair-accessible buses, Schuler said.

The cost for the wheelchair buses being purchased from Kankakee-based Midwest Transit Equipment Inc. is $104,400, but with the trade-in of one bus it will be $90,600.

"The price tag kind of gets you, but I'm happy it's through grant funding," said board member Alva Kreutzer.

The buses will be delivered in January 2014.

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