TVBOE approves purchase of bus


By Jeremy Erskine - jerskine@civitasmedi.com



WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley Community Local Board of Education approved the purchase of a new bus during a meeting on Monday, Feb. 22.

Jeff Tully, the district’s director of transportation and facilities, said the school has received aid from the state of Ohio that must be used on transportation. The total funding the school will receive is just over $69,000. The money went toward the cost of a new bus for the school, covering most of the bill for the purchase.

The board approved the purchase of the 78-passenger bus at a cost of $73,960, which includes a $5,000 savings after the trade in of two other buses.

Next year, Tully added, it is projected the school will receive around $120,000 in transportation aid and he is hoping to purchase two more buses with those funds.

“We may be able to pull off two (buses) next year and get the fleet up where it should be,” he said.

The board also approved next year’s calendar, with school starting on Aug. 17 and ending on May 24 for students. Spring break will be the last week of March.

There are also plans being developed to make the baseball field handicap accessible. The school has been working on drawing up plans and hopes to have the project completed before baseball and softball season.

In other business, Tully also noted they were able to install the new hot water boilers while pinpointing and fixing the water issue where the water was mixing hot and cold. It is also an energy saver for the school.

Other items the board passed include:

Entering a cooperative school bus purchasing program with the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council to advertise and receive bids for the cooperative purchase of one school bus; amending contract for psychological services, adding 30 additional days to contract; approval of tutors for students at risk of not meeting third grade reading level (not to exceed 24 hours per teacher); hiring Sara Hamilton as the fifth grade talent show advisor; accept the resignation of Garrett Smith as the play production advisor for this school year due to scheduling conflicts.

They also passed a memorandum of understanding for bus driver training with Duane Grimme. It is retroactive to Nov. 16, 2015. The memorandum passed 3-1, with Tim Beneke being the dissenting vote.

The school board will meet on Monday, March 21, in the Media Center at 100 Education Drive starting at 6:30 p.m.

By Jeremy Erskine

jerskine@civitasmedi.com