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In this file photo, Goshen Middle School students board a bus to go to the Summit Academy alternative education program at the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen. Concord Community Schools was recently able to purchase three new buses because of the additional money that will be coming in as a result of the referendum. (Marlys Weaver-Stoesz/The Elkhart Truth/File) (Buy this photo)
Concord schools replacing 15-year-old buses with increased property tax collections
Posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

ELKHART — New buses are finally on the way for Concord Community Schools

Assistant superintendent Tim Tahara explained during a Thursday, June 26, school board meeting that Concord’s referendum win and the resulting increase in property tax money that will be flowing to the schools made it possible for the school corporation to purchase three new buses for about $329,000.

School officials previously said buses are desperately needed because some of the buses in Concord’s fleet are more than 15 years old. 

Buses were cited as one of the things referendum money would be used for, along with maintaining current class sizes, repairing some of the school buildings and making transportation routes more flexible. 

Two of the buses purchased seat 84 students each and the third bus, a special needs vehicle, seats 54. The new buses are replacing some of the oldest Concord Community Schools buses and will arrive in the fall. 

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