Archbold, OH

School Board Buys Two New Buses

After considering purchasing as many as four new school buses, the Archbold Area School Board opted instead to buy two during the Monday night meeting, July 21.

David Deskins, school district superintendent, said he had budgeted for two new buses for the 2008-09 school year, but was told bus prices were anticipated to rise $20,000 to $25,000 per vehicle, due to new government requirements.

As a result, the board opted to look at several options, including combinations of buying and leasing school buses.

But, he said later, he was told it will be at least another year before the new requirements go into effect, so the district can still buy two buses this year, and get two more next year before the price increase.

Deskins said after 2010, a school bus could cost in excess of $100,000.

The district voted to purchase two new 84-passenger buses from Cardinal Bus Sales, Lima, for a base price of $152,914.

As part of the purchase agreement with Cardinal, the school district will trade in five buses, numbers three, four five, 14, and 16. Two of the vehicles are broken down, and the repair costs exceeds their value.

School Day

In connection with buses, the board voted to change the school day at the Archbold Middle School by five minutes.

A middle school student’s school day will start at 8:10 am and end at 2:55 pm.

Deskins told board members since two of the district bus drivers retired last year, Beth Wanemacher, district transportation coordinator, is combining two bus routes into one, with the goal of reducing costs.

The change in bus routes dictated the change in times, he said.

Final Figures

Christine Ziegler, district treasurer, said the books have been closed on the 2007-08 school year, and the district ended the year with a carryover of about $3.6 million, close to the projected figure.

She said school district revenue was up 2.2% over the preceding year, but expenses increased 4.1%.

The board approved several actions as part of its consensus agenda.

Included was the approval of both regular and special meeting minutes, distribution of $3,100 in change funds to various school concessions, adjustments to elementary student fees, and approval of student and faculty handbook changes.

The board also approved a contract with the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention, Training, and Rehabilitation Center for the 2008-09 school year.

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