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ACS 1 bus from total fleet renewal

Andalusia City Schools OK’d a bid for a new handicap-accessible bus this week.

Transportation Director Kim Thompson said the current bus utilized for this purpose has a rotting floor.

It’s a 1999 model bus.

Thompson said the bus inspectors said they would not pass the particular bus again.

“We upgraded it with new specs,” she said. “It’s a 54-passenger.”

The bus costs just over $92,000 and Southland Transportation was the low bid.

Additionally, Thompson said there are two more buses headed to Andalusia, which are regular 72-passenger buses.

The school system has one more bus to purchase and it will be at full fleet renewal.

Thompson said there are four air-conditioned buses.

“Our mechanics are great,” Thompson said. “They really keep the buses up well.”

Additionally, the board:

• Approved a leave of absence for Maklyn Floyd;

• Approved a resignation for Shena Patterson;

• Hired X Burnett as bus driver;

• Approved a Andalusia Performing Arts Policy;

• Renewed AHS Principal Dr. Daniel Shakespeare’s contract for three years;•

• Renewed Superintendent Ted Watson’s contract for three more years.