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January 17, 2013

Bond issue: Cimarron Schools' vote would replace buses, 2 vehicles

LAHOMA, Okla. — Cimarron Public Schools hope to replace four high-mileage school buses, a Suburban and a van with the proceeds from a $420,000 bond issue on the Feb. 12 ballot.

Steve Walker, Cimarron superintendent, said all of the district’s buses have more than 100,000 miles on their odometers, and one of them is in such poor condition it would cost nearly as much as it’s worth to repair it.

“One of them is down for the count unless I want to spend about $3,000 or $4,000,” Walker said. “It’s an older bus we’ve kind of kept around for a spare, but it’s done.”

David Wedel, maintenance supervisor for the district, said that bus broke down when students were taken to a ball game. No students were on board, but after the game the bus would not start. Cimarron had to borrow a bus from the other school to bring students home.

The buses to be replaced are three 2006 models and one 2001, Walker said.

“They are getting to be a maintenance issue,” Walker said. “It’s the dirt roads that eat those buses up.”

Wedel agrees.

“Between dirt roads and mud roads, and the constant use of the buses, it shakes them apart,” Wedel said.

The school district has 162 square miles of territory and 285 students, Walker said.

A previous bond issue, used for roofing work, is set to expire in July, Walker said. Because of that, the new bond issue, if voters approve, only will raise taxes $1.94 for each $100 in taxes paid.

“I waited one year to make sure I got taxes down,” Walker said. “I’d appreciate everybody’s support if they can give it.”

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