The current bus garage in Chaska is only half the size needed to properly house and maintain district buses and is in need of $1.5M to $2M in repairs. After months of review and research, the Facility Task Force recommended a new, expanded bus garage. The referendum request for a larger bus garage would provide the space needed to service and maintain our buses, making bus service more reliable for students – while also reducing costs related to leaving buses outside rather than in a garage.
Beginning in the fall of 2021, bus services will be brought in-house and will be managed by the district. In doing so, the district will be able to save money (nearly $6 million over the next 10 years), provide better service to families, and take better care of our own assets.
At its August meeting, the School Board approved entering into a purchase agreement to purchase an existing building in Chaska for a new bus garage (4201 Norex Drive in Chaska); the agreement is contingent on passage of the November 5 referendum. Beyond benefits for the district and its residents, the move is a win for the broader community. Carver County has expressed interest in purchasing the old bus garage site for county services and the DMV, and the current DMV location is of interest to the City of Chaska as the site for a future library.