Obion County Board of Education
June 4, 2012

Agenda Item: VIII.L.

Consider/Approve Bid for School Buses

Background Information :

In addition to advertising, we solicited bids for the purchase of two (2) school buses (specifications attached), which will be budgeted in the General Purpose School Fund for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. The purchase of two (2) school buses is within the replacement schedule as established by the Transportation Department. We received bids from two (2) companies, which are summarized on the bid request tally sheet. Individual bids were as follows:

Central States – $86,436.00 each
Cumberland International (New Builds Bid) – $84,045.00 each
Cumberland International (Stock Units Bid) – $82,279.00 each (do not meet specs)

Both companies meet specifications, except as noted. The Inline V6 will get better fuel mileage and maintenance costs are not as expensive.

Staff Recommendation:

I recommend approval of the bid submitted by Cumberland International for the Inline V6 school bus for $84,045.00 each.  In the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year budget, a total of two (2) buses will budgeted at a total cost of $168,090.00. With this approval, it is the intent of the Board and management that no liability will be incurred, nor a purchase order issued, until the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012.