Barr-Reeve Schools take a step toward improving transportation

        The Barr-Reeve School Board voted last night to approve a bond project to pay for an upgrade in transportation.  The Washington Times Herald reports the school is planning to buy a garage, equipment and property for $310,000.  Also planned is the purchase of school buses totaling a million dollars. 

        The newspaper says the school is projecting a need to take over more transporation.  School Superintendent Travis Madison says it’s getting harder to find contract drivers and many buses the school does own are getting old.

        Last night the board gave the first approval needed for a $2.25 million general obligation bond.  The tax rate would be $0.07 with no taxpayer increase anticipated.  The low rate reportedly due to increases in assessed valuation and a bond used for paying retiring teachers is ending.