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Fargo School Board OKs Valley Bus contract

FARGO - The school board voted 8-0 Tuesday to approve the latest extension to its school bus contract with Valley Bus Co. The contract calls for a 3.54 percent increase in mileage payments and 3.5 percent increase in trip payments over the 2010-1...

FARGO - The school board voted 8-0 Tuesday to approve the latest extension to its school bus contract with Valley Bus Co.

The contract calls for a 3.54 percent increase in mileage payments and 3.5 percent increase in trip payments over the 2010-11 base payments.

The rates are adjusted yearly based on the Consumer Price Index, which increased about 3.6 percent over the last year.

Contracted prices include rural routes rising to $4.04 per mile, up from $3.90.

The Energy Saver contract, separate from the rest of the transportation contract, was also approved on an 8-0 vote. It covers the daily bus routes taking most children to and from school and shuttle service to the Skills and Technology Center. It is for the next four years.

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Energy Saver bus routes will cost $61.84 per hour.

There were also incremental increases for special education buses, and for in-town trips. Business Manager Broc Lietz said it is hoped that the bus contracts can be negotiated as one contract when they reach their end four years from now.

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