In a effort to streamline services and reduce costs, the township and board of education in Livingston have agreed to work together for fleet maintenance, according to a township release.
The agreement, which began on April 1, started with the township’s Department of Public Works repairing the board of education’s fleet of 18 buses, 11 vans and 18 maintenance vehicles.
Under the agreement, the board of education will reimburse the township for the cost of parts and supplies, and will pay the hourly rate for township staff to provide preventative maintenance and repairs as needed.
“The Livingston Public Schools’ fleet is critical to the operation of the school district and our vehicles have historically been well maintained,” schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Draeger said.
The school district does not have a covered garage, Draeger said, and the timing was good because the school district's part-time mechanic will be retiring at the end of June.
Township Manager Michele Meade said the agreement would be good because it would "maximize shared services for cost savings for Livingston residents" and "maximize use of the existing resources of the township’s fleet maintenance operation."
The township board of education already share many existing services, such as field maintenance, snow removal and gym facilities.