MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour school board gave a nod to Transportation Director Tim Crawford's request to consider purchasing an additional auxiliary vehicle. The district bought a Chevrolet Suburban last spring to transport small groups and save wear and tear and fuel costs on buses.
Crawford said the Suburban made 356 individual trips this school year, decreasing diesel fuel use significantly and freeing up the activity bus for other use.
In addition to replacing bus use for smaller groups of students, Crawford said that it's being used to take groups of teachers to conferences and meetings. Superintendent Rick Johnston said that using the vehicle for travel to special events is more cost-effective than reimbursing staff for mileage at the rate set by the state.
With that in mind, Crawford said, he'd like to seek out a "good, used late-model van" to supplement use of the Suburban. He estimated the cost at around $15,000 to $20,000, an amount that he feels could be recouped within four to five years.
Johnston said that he would expect the van to last at least 10 years. "We're spending money now to reinforce our budgets later," he said.