CHATHAM, Ill. -- A central Illinois school district accidentally bought an extra school bus, leaving it owing more than $72,000.
The State Journal-Register reports Tuesday that the Ball-Chatham School District is selling five old school buses to make up for the cost. District operations director Jim Lovelace says a request to buy four new buses instead of three new buses was “an oversight” on his part. No one caught the mistake and the bus company wouldn’t cancel the extra bus purchase.
The district will receive nearly $68,000 for the five old school buses. The district’s transportation department will pay the nearly $5,000 difference out of next school year’s budget. The district will have 58 buses after the five old buses are sold.
Chatham is just south of Springfield, in Sangamon County.