The proposed new bus barn for the Pullman School District is estimated to cost about 7 million dollars.
Officials are pursuing a cooperative facility to be used jointly with the Colfax, Palouse and Garfield School Districts. The plan calls for a State of Washington grant to cover 90% of the cost of construction. Pullman Schools Superintendent Dr. Bob Maxwell says the district is able to cover the remaining funds needed for the project without asking taxpayers for more money.
The Pullman School Board will consider approving schematic design of the proposed bus barn during its meeting Wednesday night. The facility would be located on about 5 acres near the intersection of State Route 27 and Albion Road on the North end of town. The proposed bus barn would include covered parking, a maintenance shop, bus wash and offices. Officials hope to begin construction in August with completion in June of 2021.
Pullman School District officials say a new facility is needed since they are running out of the room at their current bus barn located on Sunnyside Hill.