The Ottumwa Courier


January 22, 2014

Test scores up at Van Buren schools


Ewell would like to replace two buses and said the cost would be around $190,000. She said leasing would cost around $20,000 per year per bus, plus the balloon payment.

Specs that were presented at Wednesday’s meeting called for two 65-passenger buses.

Board member Andrew Lydolph asked how many kids were on the buses and about purchasing smaller buses. Hervey said it depended on the routes. Elementary principal Bret Moews said every child except for two in the elementary rides the bus.

Board president Stan Whitten said the board had considered getting a smaller bus a few years ago. “We found out that the savings were small.”

Hervey said, “you still have the cost of the driver, insurance and repairs.” He also said the needs vary from route to route and it was much easier to plan using 65-passenger buses since they were interchangable with any route.

However, Lydolph said there would be some savings for fuel.

The district puts on 18,000 miles per bus per year.

• Ewell reported that the access points are done for the KUNO tablets.

• Activity director Greg Jones reported on a new sign proposed for the baseball field. It would have a photo of the 2013 baseball team, a listing of the conference and district championship and a recognition of the baseball team’s runner-up finish last year. Total cost was estimated at $742. Money for the sign would be raised by the baseball team with help from parents. The sign would be made by Ottumwa Tent and Awning Co., and Cobler Sign and Graphics.

• Board decided not to offer an early retirement incentive this year.

• Financial report was approved. Balances for December 2013, were: general, $1,803,610; student activity, $152,080; management, $83,788; PPEL, $162,543; capital project, $1,318,624; debt service, $383,214; nutrition, $65,008.

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