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RSU 10 losing ground in replacing bus fleet
DIXFIELD -- Measured in square miles, RSU 10 is the largest school district east of the Mississippi. What does that look like in miles on the fleet of school buses?
Kenny Robbins, head of buildings, grounds and transportation, briefed the RSU 10 Board of Directors on Sept. 9 on some facts about his department.
He said that last year, the fleet of 50 buses logged a total of 550,000 miles, which included a total of 1,440 trips (field trips, sports, etc.).
They have four mechanics for the fleet, which has 13 buses rolling daily for the Dirigo Region, 17 for the Mountain Valley Region and nine for the Nezinscot Region. That leaves two to four buses in each region as spares.
Earlier, the board approved a recommendation by Supt. Craig King to select Bangor Savings Bank (best bid) to take out a $87,800 bond for a new school bus.
Robbins said the bond will be repaid by the state over the next three years. RSU 10 requested two buses but were grant just the one, due to the state cutting back.
That bus should be ready for delivery in a couple of weeks. He said it will replace the special needs bus for the Mountain Valley Region which should have been replaced two years ago.
Noting the high mileage that buses in the RSU accumulate, Robbins noted, "We're nowheres near catching up to the age of our fleet."
In another portion of his report, Robbins said there are 11 buildings in the RSU. They also maintain 22 acres of athletic fields.
In other business, Technology coordinator Kevin Kaulback reported that about 700 of the 1,200 laptop computers issued to students during the 2012-13 school year were not damaged.
Of those that were damaged, most (251) were in the $100 or less range. He said 22 students caused the highest amount of damage, around $500. Repair costs are currently being paid by each student or his or her family, using payment plans.
Laptops were replaced with iPad computers at the beginning of this school year. Kaulback said the computer fee for students rose from $45 to $60 for the current school year. Because the iPads weigh less, he expects there will be less damage.
Supt. Craig King noted, “In the big scheme of things, the majority of kids are responsible.”