The Howell Board of Education has approved the purchase of four new school buses for the 2017/18 school year.

During Monday’s board meeting, the board discussed their capital improvement spending plans with the largest purchase request for $320,000 to obtain four new buses at $80,000 each. Superintendent Erin Macgregor says that this is a much needed expense and is expected over time.

With approval of all of the capital improvement projects, the district will be spending just over $703,000 for the 2017/18 fiscal year. Other projects include improvements for roofing, flooring, and playgrounds. (DF/JK)