February 5, 2014

ELCS holds school bus vote Thursday

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District residents will weigh in on purchasing two school buses in a referendum set for Thursday.

The cost of each vehicle would be taken from the current fiscal year’s fund balance, but the State Education Department would reimburse 63.7 percent of the purchase, allocated annually over five years, beginning in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Only two people attended a recent public hearing on the proposal, according to ELCS Superintendent Scott Osborne.

He said they brought up no major issues regarding the bus purchase.

“We’ll have information on hand (Thursday) before folks vote, pertaining to why we’re asking the community to authorize this vote,” Osborne said.

“It’s critical that we maintain a reliable and safe fleet of school buses for the community’s students. As an organization, we’ve taken steps to strengthen our transportation department, streamline some costs and reinvest in preventative maintenance so we can maximize our buses. 

“The community’s support on this vote would allow us to keep this progress moving forward.”

The ballot contains two propositions.

Proposition 1 requests permission to purchase a 22-passenger handicap-accessible school bus at a cost of no more than $66,500.

Proposition 2 is for a 35-passenger school bus, priced at no more than $53,000.

No tax increase will accompany the purchase, school officials said.

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The referendum is set for noon to 8 p.m. Thursday in the main lobby of ELCS.

Absentee ballots are available today and Thursday from District Clerk Lauri Cutting at the school, with a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday to return them to be counted.

More details on the bus referendum are available at


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