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Johnson Academy board OKs buying bus

Looks for used vehicle at $10,000 to $12,000

– Timothy L. Johnson Academy plans to add a sixth bus to its fleet before the start of school in August.

During a meeting Tuesday, the school’s board approved the purchase of a used bus in the range of $10,000 to $12,000.

Toward the end of the past school year, the charter school was using its reserve bus to transport students to and from the school.

School Leader Steve Bollier said about 95 percent of the school’s students take advantage of the school-provided transportation.

The board had previously approved the purchase of a bus in the $6,000 to $8,000 range, but Bollier said the school has had difficulty finding a used bus in good enough shape for the its use.

The school budgeted $15,000 for the purchase for the upcoming school year, Bollier said.

He hopes to find a bus to buy soon to get it licensed and inspected in time for the start of classes.

The school’s charter expired with its former authorizer Ball State University on Sunday. Ball State officials announced this year it would not renew the school’s charter, citing poor performance and insufficient improvement.

Johnson Academy secured an agreement last month with Trine University’s charter authorizing arm Education One LLC for sponsorship of the school’s charter.

The agreement allowed the school to remain in operation.

sarah.janssen@jg.net

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