BLOOMFIELD — Bloomfield students could soon be riding in new school buses.
The Bloomfield School District's board of education approved purchasing eight school buses Tuesday night after being allocated money by the state Public Education Department transportation department.
Bloomfield schools was awarded a total of $700,296 -- or $87,537 for each bus -- as part of a yearly allocation from the state education department.
"Every year, the (state education department) lets the legislature know which buses need to be changed out," said Gary Giron, Bloomfield Schools director of finance. "It's a good deal for eight buses."
In the previous school year, the district purchased three buses. No buses were purchased in the two school years before that due to state budget cuts, Giron said.
The district transportation department requested add-ons for safety and security that will cost $58,324, or a little less than $7,300 per bus. Funding for those items is not covered by the state.
Items that will be installed include an additional roof hatch, integrated child seats in the front of the bus for small children, safety lights, a camera system, engine heaters and GPS system.
The GPS system monitors the route each bus drives and its speed.
The add-ons will be installed after the school buses are purchased, which could be in the next couple of weeks, Giron said.
Board secretary Veronica Tso asked during the board work session about which bus routes would receive the new buses.
Giron said the state education department makes the determination based on how many miles the buses have driven and how long they have been in service.