At the monthly school board meeting held Monday, Dec. 9, Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead that the school system plans to purchase two new school buses before the start of the 2014-15 school year. Bids have already been accepted.
For the first time in Moorehead’s tenure as Director of Schools, there were three bids submitted for the school system to purchase new buses.
“I was actually excited that for the first time we had three (companies) submit bids,” said Moorehead on Monday.
The highest bid was $81,000 per unit and came from Nashville-based Cumberland International, while the lowest bid came from MidSouth Bus Center and was $79,489 per bus.
Central States Bus Sales, which has locations in Fenton, Mo.; North Little Rock, Ark.; Big Rock , Ill,; and Lebanon here in Tennessee, was the third bidder at $79,966 per bus.
The school director recommended that the board accept the bid of MidSouth Bus Center, which is located in Murfreesboro. The school system has dealt with this company for several years.
“They are the lowest bid, and what I consider the best price,” Moorehead said. “We will purchase two buses before July 1. I recommend that the board accept their bid.”
MidSouth Bus Center’s line of school buses is Thomas Built Buses, Inc., a bus manufacturer based in High Point, N.C. The 97-year-old company, which has been one of the dominant school bus manufacturers in North America since the early ‘70s, is now a subsidiary of the German Daimler AG.
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