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story.lead_photo.caption FILE: Fulton Public Schools has 33 buses — more than 45 percent have omore than 150,000 miles and 58 percent are 11 years or older.

The Fulton Public Schools bus fleet is functional — but a few new buses might be on the wish list soon.

Transportation director Bryan Abbott briefed the district Board of Education on his department during a meeting Wednesday night.

"Our buses are really old and have a lot of miles on them," board member Leah Baker noted in response to his report.

The district has 33 buses — more than 45 percent have more than 150,000 miles and 58 percent are 11 years or older.

"It has been creeping up on us," Abbott said.

Abbott said there have been no major maintenance issues on the bus.

"For the most part, we've been holding our own," Abbott said.

The district has applied for state and federal grants that could help the district buy new buses. But the grant programs are based on a lottery system.

"It's just pure luck whether you get picked or not," Abbott said.

In other business, the board approved a quarterly budget amendment.

The amendment included revenue increases of $303,385 in state CARES funds, $494,032 in county CARES funds and $53,000 for the Jobs for America's Graduates program. Expense adjustments include $371,476 less than estimated for virtual instruction.

The board also heard from superintendent Ty Crain and assistant superintended Chris Hubbuch on various informational items, including assessments, the BAC-PAC program and the district's interest in purchasing Rice Hall — the district is waiting to hear back from the state about the Missouri School for the Deaf property.

At the beginning of the year, numbers were down for the district's after school program.

"When we started the year BAC-PAC, which is our after school program, was running at about 50 percent of the previous year's numbers," Crain said. "At this point in January, we're at about two-thirds of the previous year's numbers, so it's kind of climbing back to where it was."

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10.

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