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Bus stops return and technology increases in 2014-15 school year

August 28, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield school bus routes will see a return to door-pickup this school year. It was announced at last week's Board of Education meeting along with other promises made when the 5.9-mill school levy was approved last November.

''We are going back to door stop pickup for grades K through 4,'' said Superintendent Alex Geordan. ''Grades 5 through 8 and the high school will have central located bus stops.''

He said for some families with multiple children, it may be a bit confusing at the start. The district will run three bus routes which are k-4, 5-8, and high school. A family with a kindergartener will have that child picked up in front of the house while an older seventh grader may have to walk a short distance to a central pick up spot.

School board member Craig Olsen said between all the buildings and grade levels, there are 443 stops this year.

Earlier this month, those passing the parking lot at CVMS probably wondered about all the buses. The entire fleet was parked in regular parking areas because of a capital improvement project going on in the bus garage.

''We are taking part of the roof off the bus garage to install a new 10,000 gallon diesel tank and a gasoline tank,'' Geordan said.

He said the old tank was being replaced with the new one and will be moved around to create a better flow for buses getting fueled. The hope is to have the new fueling station completed by the start of school.

Among other improvements taking place this month is the replacement of the scoreboard at Bob Dove Field. The new scoreboard should be in place this week. There is also a landscape improvement project that was under way last week. The senior class in funding the project to improve the landscaping around the high school.

Geordan also mentioned a painting project was going on in the high school cafeteria. It is phase one of the project that will include new facades to be built over the auditorium entrance and the a la carte serving station. Funding for this project are coming from the cafeteria funds.

In other business:

* The board accepted the following donations: $50 from Kelly Farragher-Paras to go towards the Kate Farragher Memorial Trust Fund; $4,500 from the Canfield PTO for the CVMS online curriculum and student planners; $1,000 from the Nils and Janet Johnson Foundation to go towards the CHS auditorium sound system; and a donation to the district of 26 composition notebooks from Chris Pruitt.

* The board was updated by treasurer Pattie Kesner on two major expenditures for the coming school year. She said $439,000 was paid to Myers Equipment for the purchase of five new buses. Also, one-half million dollars was spent on technology to provide new up-to-date computers for all the district's school buildings. ''It was part of a promise made when the levy passed,'' Kesner said.



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