ABILENE, Texas -

A new transportation facility to maintain Abilene Independent School District buses has been approved.

Abilene ISD’s Board of Trustees approved the plan Monday.    

The new facility will allow maintenance to be done directly on-site. Currently, maintenance on the buses is outsourced.

“There are some in-house functions now,” said Scott McLean, Abilene ISD’s associate superintendent of operations. “They are pretty limited, and to be doing the work, we need to be doing on a routine basis. We need a different facility."

Board members say the money for the new facility will come from the sale of some vacant campus properties. It most likely won’t be ready until late spring of 2015.

This facility will also reduce wait times for maintenance on buses.

There were several other items discussed at Monday's board meeting.

A possible improvement plan to Shotwell Stadium was discussed, including upgrades to the press box, artificial turf and the track.

Board members says these improvements aren’t something they foresee happening in the near future.