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A central Illinois school district accidentally bought an extra school bus, leaving it owing more than $72,000.

The Ball-Chatham School District is selling five old school buses to make up for the cost. District operations director Jim Lovelace says a request to buy four new buses instead of 3 new buses was "an oversight" on his part. No one caught the mistake and the bus company wouldn't cancel the extra bus purchase.

The district will receive nearly $68,000 for the five old school buses. The district's transportation department will pay the nearly $5,000 difference out of next school year's budget. The district will have 58 buses after the five old buses are sold.

Chatham is just south of Springfield, in Sangamon County.

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