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School board votes to increase fleets

December 1, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Canfield Board of Education approved the purchase of four new buses and one new dump truck-plow at the Nov. 20 meeting. The buses will be needed in September when the district returns to full busing in the district.

"We had to bid five buses because three of our present fleet didn't pass inspection," said business manager Rich Archer.

One bus was approved at a special meeting two weeks ago. At the Nov. 20 meeting, four additional buses were bid at a cost of $87,271. Archer said it was a good price as he had checked out the Cleveland schools consortium and the bid those districts got by combining efforts was around $93,000 each.

Archer said it would take about six to seven months to get a new bus and that needs to be considered when the district initiates a full busing schedule next September.

Another issue Archer mentioned was an Ohio Highway Patrol crackdown on school buses. He mentioned the Austintown bus that was pulled over and the driver cited for a violation that involved something or someone in the aisle. He said no student's body or bags are allowed to be in the bus aisle. In the Austintown case, more than a dozen students were removed from the bus and placed into a second one.

"The Highway Patrol is coming down hard on the [bus] safety issue," he told the board. "We need to be aware of that. Our drivers have reported Highway Patrol vehicles following their bus."

He said buses are made with 24 seats and are rated for 72 students. While the elementary grades can fit three in a seat, the eighth grade and older would need more space. In essence, older kids can only ride two to a seat without spilling out into the aisle.

"One issue for us is just how many kids actually ride our buses," Archer said. "While we may have a roster of 65 kids assigned to a bus, only 40 are riding it."

He said all these things need to be considered and he recommended having a work session to look closer at the busing issues.

The board also approved the purchase of a new one-ton dump truck with a plow to use in snow removal. Archer said it is needed because the present 11-year-old vehicle, called the big blue monster, has been experiencing break downs and repair parts are hard to get. The new truck will be purchased from Bob and Chuck Eddy's dealership at a cost of $49,858.50.

In other business:

The board praised the efforts of Leo and Robin Daprile for co-chairing the levy committee. Superintendent Alex Geordan said it was their efforts that saw the levy pass. "Years ago, there was a Cardinal Award for unselfish acts in giving to the district," he said. "We need to bring that award back."

The board accepted resignations from CHS English teacher Lesley Butler, CVMS afternoon custodian Joe Pavlakovic, and C.H. Campbell kindergarten day care aide Melissa Sechler.

Approval was given for the hiring of Lori Shindle as C.H. Campbell kindergarten day care aide.

Approved substitutes included Melissa Anderson, Amy Barton, Terry Kekic, Christine Yukech, Gina Tucker-James and Bruce Ware.

Field trips were approved for the wrestling team to travel to New Castle, Pa., on Dec. 23, to Dubois, Pa., on Nov. 23-24, to Perry on Jan. 3-4, and to Akron on Jan. 17-18 to participate in tournaments and a wrestling retreat. The middle school wrestling team was also approved to travel to Twinsburg on Jan. 31-Feb.1 for a tournament.

Donations were accepted totaling $19,488.26.

The board amended the list of parent/district support groups for 2013-14 to include the Canfield Robotics Booster Club.

Permission was given to open a brokerage CD account at Farmers National Bank.

A resolution was accepted to declare transportation impractical for St. Paul's School and the Islamic School of Youngstown.



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