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Artesia Public Schools to get new bus

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ARTESIA – The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education has approved a contract with Tillery Chevrolet in Moriarty for a brand new activity bus.

Thad Phipps, the assistant superintendent of operations, said the bus is a 2018 Bluebird and he said it will be painted in Bulldog colors and it will hold 44 passengers.

“It has excellent air conditioning as well as audio-visual features, including two USB ports per seat so that our students can do their homework,” he said.

The cost of the new bus will be $218,500 and Phipps said there are seven buses in the fleet and two of them have over 170,000 miles on them.

“One of them is 15 years old and the other is 12 years and so it’s in our student’s best interest as far as their safety is concerned to send them in a bus that has less miles,” he said.

Phipps said the new bus could be delivered by June.

Also during Monday night’s meeting, the board approved an item for access control inspection and maintenance services.

Phipps said the cost was around $58,000 and Security USA will do the work.

The Artesia School Board also approved the calendar for next school year. It was presented by John Ross Null, assistant superintendent of personnel and student services.

The 2018-2019 school year will start on Aug. 23 and the last day of school will be May 24, 2019.

They also approved the results from last week’s 2 mil levy election as 311 voted for it and 30 voted no.

“Ninety-one percent of the folks that voted, voted for it,” said Dr. Crit Caton, superintendent.

“Artesians care about kids,” he added.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.