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School board signs off on charter bus contract, lunch prices to rise

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) - The Wichita Falls Independent School District School Board signed off on spending more than $200,000 to be provided with charter buses on Tuesday afternoon.

School officials said athletic and fine arts trips exceeding 165 miles one-way will allow for use of the buses.

The total bus costs are estimated at $237,500.

Financial officers said they chose the lowest bid from eight different charter bus companies.

WFISD Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said charter buses are needed because it gets hard when students have to go beyond the metroplex.

"Wichita Falls High School and Rider picked up south and west of us, in other words, Abilene School Districts and
Aledo, and places like that, that's for football," Kuhrt said. "But when it comes to basketball and others we're going west as far as Lubbock."

Kuhrt estimates they will use the buses on 45 to 50 trips during the school year.

Also, children who attend WFISD will be paying more for lunch during the 2018-2019 school year due to a USDA mandatory increase.

A 10 cent increase will occur, bringing elementary students lunch prices to $2.75. Secondary student lunch prices will rise to $2.85. Breakfast will still be free for all students.

Schoool financial officers said the price will gradually increase until they reach the federal mandate of $2.92.


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