Negaunee schools plan to replace buses for start of 2019-20 school year

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Negaunee students should have their own school buses again when they go back to school in August.

Negaunee's 16 buses were totaled when the district's bus garage collapsed in February. The district has been leasing replacement buses from Lower Michigan.

For next school year, Superintendent Dan Skewis says he hopes Negaunee has four brand new buses and 12 used buses. Because 10 of the buses were models older than 2016, the district's insurance isn't covering the entire cost of their replacement.

Skewis says Negaunee may have to spend between $150,000-200,000 from its fund balance.

"Even though it's a concern, it's not something that's going to break the bank per say, and we're going to be fine once August rolls around to start the 2019-20 school year," said Skewis.

The district's insurance is paying for a temporary bus garage and the bus rentals. Skewis hopes a new garage is up and running by December in the same spot as the one that collapsed, on US-41 in Negaunee Township.

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