VIRGINIA BEACH — City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to allow the city manager to enter into an agreement with the Virginia Beach School Board on the use of city school buses for transportation during the “Something in the Water” festival.
The agreement includes an estimated $350,000 in reimbursements to the school district and a proposed time frame from 5 p.m. Friday, April 26 to 11 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
The school district will have the ability to change the time frame if they so choose to, said City Manager Dave Hansen.
The school board approved the agreement during their meeting Tuesday.
The vote came after several minutes of deliberation — council members expressed concern over the process the city went through to request the buses.
City Council unanimously voted yes to use the school buses at a meeting on April 3 but Tuesday’s vote was needed to remove the original set time frame of 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 they originally set.
More than 400 bus drivers have signed up to work that weekend to run 70 school buses.
The exact location of where the buses will pick up and drop off the festival goers is still a bit undecided but City Council believes it will take place at the Amphitheater, Hansen said.
To keep up to date with the ‘Something In the Water’ Festival, visit the festival’s website.