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TO:                        All Superintendents and Transportation Managers


FROM:                  J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:                   October 12, 2001


SUBJECT:             School Year 2002-2003 School Bus Purchase Requests


                                        Instructions                  Application Form         

            The annual applications for approval of school bus purchases are due November 24, 2001.  The 2002-2003 form number EF-T-17 and filing instructions can be found at under the EF-T-17 listing.  Every School Administrative Unit planning to purchase or lease/lease-purchase a school bus in FY03 must submit a completed Request for Approval for School Bus Purchase (EF-T-17) to the Department of Education, Transportation Specialist, in order to be considered for subsidy payments.


            As in recent years, the approval limit is $5 million for cash and note purchases.  We will do our best to honor as many requests as possible with that limit.  Leases and lease to purchase agreements are not included in the above limit and continue to be reimbursed as a transportation program cost.  Beginning in FY04, leases and lease purchase approvals will receive state subsidy as a capital expense, similar to cash and note purchases, and will be subject to specific funding limitations.  In any case, the maximum approval level will be determined by the Commissioner based on funds available and on the state bid price for the applicable type and capacity school bus.


            Reminder, please submit a completed School Bus Purchase Report, EF-T-20, for each new school bus purchased or leased.  Reimbursement subsidy will not be paid if a completed report has not been filed.  Blank copies of this report are also available from the Department Internet address for forms, listed above.


            If you have any questions, please contact Harvey Boatman at 207-624-6884 or via email at