FARMINGTON — Regional School Unit 9 directors voted Tuesday to enter a five-year lease-purchase agreement to buy a 2019 Blue Bird school bus.

The 77-passenger bus will replace a 2003 model that was totaled in an accident, board Chairwoman Jennifer Zweig Hebert said.

The cost of the bus is $98,600 but after subtracting the $15,558 from insurance, the amount to be financed is $83,042, she said.

The board also accepted the recommendation to go with Androscoggin Bank for 3.07 percent interest. The total interest is $5,096.43.

The Gorham Leasing Group offered a 3.10 percent interest rate, which would have brought the interest up to $5,348.10. 

In other business, the board approved Christopher Marshall, a junior at Mt. Blue High School, as a new student representative to the school board. 

Marshall filled out an application last spring and was recently interviewed. He took a public speaking class with senior student representative Griffin Mayhew who spoke highly of being on the school board, he said.

He feels it is really important for school directors to have some perspective of what students go through, Marshall said.

He is a member of the boys’ soccer and tennis teams. He is also involved in the robotics program and teaches ski lessons at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.

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This artwork hangs above the Bjorn Auditorium at Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington.

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