School bus purchase approvals posted

The School Bus Purchase Program award list for FY 2013-14 new bus purchases is now posted on the Maine DOE Student Transportation website.

If your School Administrative Unit (SAU) is on the list, then your school is approved to purchase the bus/es listed. If your school is not on the list, then your school is encouraged to submit an application next year between Nov. 1-25.

The potential for a second round of FY 2013-14 bus approvals depends on funds available following bus cancellations from SAUs that decide not to make a purchase. Should that happen, the second round of approvals is likely to be announced this summer.

Next steps for approved schools

  1. Bus Cancellation Reports – If you do not plan to purchase a bus that was approved, please complete and submit a Bus Cancellation Form (EFT-20A) as soon as the decision is made. Your swift attention to notify us about a cancellation helps prevent subsidy errors and frees up funds for other SAUs in need of school buses.
  2. Bus Purchase Reports – If you do purchase a bus, please complete and submit a Bus Purchase Form (EFT-20) during the business quarter the bus is purchased.

Please click here to see the student transportation forms.

As you prepare to make your purchase, it is important to note:

  • The approvals are for SAUs that take possession of a new bus between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014
  • Bus subsidy begins the year after the bus is purchased

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