McAlester Public School students will see some different bus wheels going ‘round and ‘round Aug. 9 when the 2012-13 school year kicks off for McAlester Schools.
July 9, the Board of Education approved purchases totaling over a quarter million dollars for buses, vehicles and equipment for the transportation department at MPS that Superintendent Marsha Gore says will improve safety, the quality of the schools transportation and bring the schools transportation radio systems up to FCC compliance.
Approved were three buses; two 2009 International 81 passenger buses and one 2002 International 42 passenger bus. All buses totaled $208,900; one new 2012 Nissan Altima for $19,100, one 2012 Chevrolet Suburban for $32,000 and $21,392.38 was approved for a FCC-compliant radio system and equipment.
The buses were purchased from Nation Bus sales in Tulsa, the Altima and Suburban are from Fenton Nissan in Ardmore, but were purchased here in McAlester at Fenton Nissan. The radio system, that will also be utilized by campus police, was purchased from Total Radio in Tulsa.
Gore said MPS Transportation Coordinator Billie Sistrunk was asked to list and outline as what needs need met in the transportation department, that data was analyzed and purchases were made according to the needs such as safety, capacity and compliance with federal guidelines.
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