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Tue, Nov. 12

3 school buses are purchased

Granville is expected to be open for occupancy by July 2005. Boundary meetings for the district will begin Monday, Nov. 1, at 2:45 p.m. at Lake Valley Elementary School with the first of eight meetings scheduled during the month. Parents and the public are invited to attend.

Schmitt reported that a good portion of technology equipment in HUSD schools is antiquated. He would like to see a diagnosis and assessment of computers and systems performed at each school.

On-line learning, servicing our regional schools, training for staff and new equipment are extremely costly, Schmitt said. "However, we are losing ground quickly."

The board approved a decision to conduct an auction of used computer equipment, printers and business machines on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Bradshaw Mountain High School East from 10 a.m. to noon.

Items will be sold as is unless otherwise noted.

Inspection of all items will be permitted between 9 and 10 a.m.

After lengthy and thorough discussion covering several options on the purchase of used or new buses, the board approved the purchase of three used buses from Auto Safety.

The buses are 2003 models with 35,000 miles and cost $65,000 each. New buses run between $90,000 to $95,000 including delivery, according to Ken Johnson, purchasing agent.

Kirk Waddle, director of finance, stressed the need for additional buses. "We are down to one spare bus. This leads to canceling athletic trips," he said, whenever a bus is unavailable due to maintenance needs.

"A three-day average indicates that ridership is 200-600 students per day, per bus," Waddle said.

When one of the 47 buses breaks down, they must double up the routes, he said. Two 20-year-old buses will be retired at the end of the school year, confirmed Tom Rozum, director of transportation.

In other board business:

Kristin Rex and Brian Buchholtz, principals of Glassford Hill and Bradshaw Mountain Middle Schools, respectively, updated the board on students' and teachers' achievements. Bradshaw Mountain Middle School earned an excelling label for the second year in a row.

Dean Slaga, curriculum director, presented discussion on considering the use of Bradshaw Mountain High School East for a ninth grade campus for the 2005-06 school year.

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