Some Marysville school students soon will be getting new wheels.

Some Marysville school students soon will be getting new wheels.

The Marysville school board approved the purchase of five new school buses at its Dec. 18 regular meeting.

The new vehicles will include two traditional buses, two transit buses and a bus for special-needs students for a total of about $424,500.

Board member Dick Smith said he is glad the district moved forward with the plan to retire some of its older vehicles.

"Some of those (buses) we've got have seen better days," he said.

District officials determined five buses outlived their capacity. Each has accumulated more than 150,000 miles and has undergone significant repairs.

The board passed a resolution Aug. 21 to start the bidding process to acquire the buses, authorizing the Metropolitan Education Council to advertise and receive bids.

The district plans to trade in the retired buses to help defray the cost.

The trade-in value has yet to be determined by Cardinal Bus Sales, the Lima-based operation the school district chose in the bidding process.

"We've been talking about moving forward with our (program improvement) fund, getting buses replaced that needed replaced. This would be doing so," Superintendent Diane Mankins said.

She said the district is playing catch-up on replacing buses, and this is the first phase of a multistep plan.

Treasurer Todd Johnson said the district has 41 buses.

The district will purchase two 2016 Blue Bird traditional All-American buses for $84,000 each, with an additional $1,900 fee per bus for an extended warranty. These vehicles can seat 72 passengers and feature Cummins engines.

The two transit buses are 2016 Blue Bird Vision vehicles, which also seat 72 passengers and feature Cummins engines. These buses will be purchased for $81,000 each, plus $1,900 each for the warranty.

The final purchase is a 2016 Blue Bird special-needs bus for $85,000, plus the $1,900 warranty. In addition to the 72-passenger capacity, it features a lift for wheelchairs.

District officials are not yet sure when the buses will be added to the fleet.

In other school news, Mankins said the elementary school redistricting task force concluded its public forums and received about 40 online surveys from parents and community members.

School officials will review the online input to ensure no duplicates were submitted.

"We didn't have fantastic attendance at the meetings, but we had great questions," she said.

The task force will meet in January to analyze the feedback.