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South Colonie voters to decide on school bus proposition Wednesday, Oct. 14.

exteriors, he said.

In last year s election, Tunny said the voters approved the bus proposition

calling for five 66-passenger buses, one five-passenger bus and one van-type

bus that is typically used for smaller schools. The proposition passed with

a vote of 893-to-868.

This year s proposition features more affordable buses, Buhner said. He said

the district has made an attempt to scale down and seek buses that cost

less, but that offer the same safety standards.

This year we ve scaled down a little bit, Buhner said. We re going with a

little different type [of bus] that is a little less expensive but will

serve our purpose.

The buses voters will be deciding on this year are the traditional-style

school buses you might see with the engine in the front, whereas some of the

ones that have been voted on in years past had a flat nose with an engine in

the rear of the bus. The buses being voted on are more conventional, Buhner

said, which makes them come at a lower cost though they are as safe as the

buses with the flatter noses.

Buhner said the district is being extremely cautious with its decisions that

involve money this year.

Were trying to be very thoughtful about what we re doing, he said.

The entire bus fleet has 82 buses total, with all of the buses traveling an

average of about 15,000 miles per year, Buhner said. The average lifespan of

a bus is about 12 years or 175,000 miles.

Registered voters will be able to vote between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on

Wednesday, Oct. 14, at one of the district s five elementary schools, which

are Veeder, Shaker Road, Forest Park, Saddlewood and Roessleville.

For more on this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, Oct. 14, print edition of the Colonie Spotlight."

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