Sherman ISD to get 2 new buses with budget cuts

By: Nicolette Schleisman Email
By: Nicolette Schleisman Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Sherman ISD is getting two new additions to their bus fleet despite statewide budget cuts.

Administrators tell us they worked with a strict budget this year, to be able to buy two new buses for next school year.

Statewide cuts to public education have been tough on Sherman ISD, especially when it comes to transportation.

"We have been unable to keep our fleet exactly where we want it due to those deep budget cuts from the Texas Legislature," said Randy Reddell, Director of Transportation.

In the past, the District has replaced its buses every 10 years. But right now, 75 percent of their buses are about 20 years old.

"Due to these financial restraints in these tough economic times, the money just simply isn't there and we have to do with what we have," said Reddell.

Superintendent Dr. Al Hambrick, says this school year, Sherman ISD staff worked very hard to stay within the school budget.

"That allowed for a few more dollars to do some of the things that we needed to do toward the end of the year like replace a couple of buses," said Hambrick.

These two new busses will replace two of the oldest buses, which will now only be used when needed.

The new buses have state of the art safety features, which are upgraded versions from the older ones.

The school board has already approved these new buses and they are expected to arrive this month.

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