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APS committee discusses cars, trucks & buses

Submitted by on February 12, 2019 – 12:57 amNo Comment

Alpena Public Schools is in the market for a couple of vehicles and is submitting an application for a grant that would cover a portion of the costs for new buses.

Superintendent John VanWagoner told a board of education subcommittee Monday, the district is need of a quality, used motor pool vehicle and a used three-quarter-ton pickup truck and plow.

The motor pool vehicle is used by certain staff for school-related trips such as a conference.  One of the motor pool vehicles that was becoming unreliable was totaled during an accident and needs to be replaced.  The staff member who was behind the wheel was not injured.
The truck and plow will primarily be used by maintenance staff and will replace a pickup that is also said to be aging.  VanWagoner doesn’t plan to spend more than about $24,000 on each vehicle and maybe less.

In the meantime, Mary Lyon, Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, is working with the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency on a collaborative grant application for clean diesel buses.

Lyon said the grant award is part of a national settlement with Volkswagen over deceptive trade practices regarding emissions control equipment in VW and Audi vehicles.  She said that if the school district received one of the grants, it would cover 25 percent of the cost of one or more buses.  No timeline was given for when that grant application must be submitted.

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