A five-year plan on how Brookfield schools should spend its money doesn�t account for buying buses, but it should, school director Joseph Pasquerilla said Wednesday night.

By 2013, the district�s aging fleet could have three buses that have logged more than 200,000 miles, he said.

�It can be a considerable drag on the system,� if the older buses have problems and need to be replaced, said Pasquerilla, who until January had been the board president.

The district had purchased a new bus each year until 2006 when state funding cuts left Brookfield without enough money to do so, he said.

Brookfield�s oldest buses now are 13 and 14 years old, respectively, he said.

Although the district�s already in debt, money somehow needs to be set aside for bus purchases.

Board President Tim Filipovich agreed.

Money from other areas may be able to be used, school director Kelly Bianco said.

The district will get money from the federal stimulus package that can be used for anything, said treasurer David Drawl.

Also, a permanent-improvement account holds $60,000 which can be used, as could proceeds from the sale of the current school property when the new Brookfield school is built, Drawl added.

Pasquerilla said the need for buses was overlooked when the board rushed in December to approve Drawl�s spending plan.

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