EDNA — The Labette County USD 506 is getting three new buses. 

The USD 506 school board on Monday signaled approval for the purchase of three new buses. 

The first bus is an activity bus costing $113,789, which will hold 40 people. The bus will have air conditioning and will be the first bus owned by the district with AC. In that $113,789 total price, the air conditioning costs $11,000, which amounts to $443 per year for 25 years, or the life of the bus, said Superintendent John Wyrick. 

The current activity bus will return to a regular bus route, Wyrick said. 

The second bus, a lift bus, will cost $37,824 and seat 24 people. The third, a 65-passenger vehicle, will cost $87,536. 

USD 506 will purchase all three buses from Midwest Transit Equipment Inc. 

Board member Brian Harlow said he liked the idea of getting a bus with air conditioning.

“I think the important part of having an air conditioned bus is when we go out to western Kansas for six hours and then you’re driving back for six hours,” he said. “Or if we take elementary kids out to Hutch and take them to the Cosmosphere, or up to Lawrence to go to a play or whatever it may be … Getting them there in a delightful mood is one thing. But also on the way back, making sure those kids are safe or have a comfortable place to sleep before they get home or get back and then have to drive home as well, there’s some safety aspects involved.” 

Board members also approved purchasing a CNC machine costing $35,805 for the district’s shop program. Wyrick said this equipment gives students opportunities to use tools like those used in industry. The district will purchase the machine from Haas Factory Outlet. 

The board also voted to allow the high school trap shooting team to use firearms on school property. This approval came after a 20-minute executive session related to attorney-client privilege. Board members met for 10 minutes, came out and then entered into another session for another 10 minutes. The team will use the firearms south of the football field. 

In other business Monday, the board: 

— Approved Madison Cole as a paraprofessional at Meadow View Grade School, Beverly Goedeke as a district substitute custodian and Jake Walker as a middle school math instructor at Bartlett Grade School. 

— Accepted the resignation of Jess Pease, a custodian at Edna Grade School. 

— Approved board member Kevin Cole as the district’s voting delegate for the Kansas Association of School Boards. 

The USD 506 Board of Education will next meet Monday, Nov. 8, at Mound Valley Grade School. 

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