Oxford Hills to replace demolished school bus

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OXFORD — Oxford Hills School District directors on Monday approved the purchase of one bus, but delayed approval to lease two others until the 2013-14 budget is clearer.

In a unanimous vote, the board approved getting bids for a new bus to replace one demolished in an accident last fall.

The state Department of Education recently approved the reimbursement for the purchase of one bus and the lease of two others at $88,000 each. The cost of the new bus is $83,690.

That purchase will be financed through Androscoggin Bank at 1.93 percent interest. The district’s insurance will pay for the first year of the lease for replacement of the damaged bus and the state will reimburse the district $88,000 for the remainder of the cost.

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If the board decides to lease two others, those will have to go out to bid, Superintendent Rick Colpitts said.

The Sept. 18 accident occurred when a car struck the bus head-on Route 119 in Hebron. Eight middle and high school students and the car driver, Brandon Buffington, 19, of Paris, were injured.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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