The Leander ISD Board of Trustees indicated Sept. 20 that it would like district administration to make sure all new purchased buses are equipped with air conditioning and that 60 current buses be retrofitted with air conditioning.
“We would be fiscally prudent and not have buses retrofitted that are going to be going out of usage in a very short period of time,” Superintendent Dan Troxell said.
Troxell said 50 bond-funded replacement buses equipped with air conditioning should be ordered and delivered by Summer 2019, and that 60 older model buses should be retrofitted with air conditioning by May 2019.
The estimated cost to purchase and retrofit these buses is $8,091,000, which is less than the $8,322,500 in bond funds available for the buses.
“We’d still have $231,500 remaining,” Troxell said. “That could be used to purchase two more buses or it could be used to retrofit additional buses.”