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RCS bus prop passes

Residents in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District overwhelmingly approved a $403,427 referendum on Tuesday, June 17, allowing the district to borrow funds and purchase four new buses.

The voter turnout was low, but the proposition passed by a vote of 140 to 69.

The referendum authorizes the district's bonding of funds to cover the $403,427 purchase cost of the new buses, which will replace vehicles that are 12 and 13 years old and less fuel efficient, according to Transportation Director Janice Prior.

The district said the purchase continues the district's effort to maintain not only a safe fleet, but to replace their buses on a routine basis.

The bus proposition typically appears on the same ballot as the budget.

However because of a delay before the May 20 district vote, RCS could not meet the legal 45-day requirement for advertising the proposition prior to the vote. Last month the district also passed its $41.9 million 2008-2009 budget by a vote of 726 to 551 and elected four board of education members.

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