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Dayton Public School expected to meet to discuss funding for new buses

The busing problems continue at Dayton Public Schools, and FOX 45 has been fighting back for parents for months. (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The busing problems continue at Dayton Public Schools, and FOX 45 has been fighting back for parents for months.

Parents have been having issues with buses running late and kids getting left behind, and so we took their complaints straight to the source, and change is finally happening.

Coming off a meeting with the state March 16, the school board is expected to meet March 20 to vote on whether to purchase or finance new buses for their fleet.

That means that a lot of the buses you currently see out on the streets will be out of service.

Originally, the board had suggested buying 30 new buses for nearly $2.5 million, but after feedback from state experts, are now considering financing up to 100 buses for the same amount.

The state cited safety concerns when pitching the idea to the board, saying many of the buses have continued to get into accidents and can’t pass state inspections. They also said investing early will save money in the future, as the average cost per bus is expected to increase in 2018 by up to $15,000.

“Waiting any longer because this district hasn’t invested anything in buses for the past several years,” Dayton Board of Education Dr. Adil Baguirov said. “The last buses we bought, which was 7 buses in 2010 model year, which means they were manufactured in 2009.”

Board members also sounded off their frustrations, saying they’ve been hearing the same recommendations for years but nothing is being done, which is why they’re pushing to make changes now.

Tonight at 10 on FOX 45 and 11 on FOX 45 news on ABC 22, Shavon Anderson will have reactions from parents about their plans, and whether drivers feel the changes will actually make a difference.

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