By Jody Miller
BATH TWP.: During the Aug. 27 regular meeting, the Revere Board of Education awarded the bid for three, conventional body, 72-passenger buses to Rush North Coast International Harvester at a cost of $78,963 per bus.
The need for three buses is due to the average age of the district’s 48-bus fleet, which Kevin Matowitz, Revere’s coordinator of business services, explained was 12 years.
The bid specifications and bidding process were part of the Ohio School Council bus purchase program, and the district received bids from three suppliers.
Monies for the bus purchases will come from the district’s Permanent/Capital Improvement Funds, said Revere Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Dave Forrest. The district’s cash balance in those funds is $4.5 million, Forrest explained to the board, which provides the district with a “significant balance to leverage” a variety of capital projects.
The same action that approved the bus purchases also gave Forrest and Matowitz the authorization to trade-in or sell on eBay up to six buses. Matowitz said the six busses were all 1990-vintage with some 200,000 miles. The option for eBay could likely net the district more funds than the $1,000-$1,500 trade-in offered by the vendors, he said.