June 27, 2002

School Board Approves Four Purchases During Special Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education approved four major expenditures during a special June 17 school board meeting.

The largest item on the list was a new 78-passenger Bluebird bus from Central States Bus of St. Louis. The district received two bids for the purchase. Central States Bus offered the diesel unit for $58,630 while the second bid, from Ponder Equipment, was for $62,250.

"This new bus will be replacing a 1982 65-passenger bus," stated Superintendent LeRoy Huff. "We will use this larger bus not only on regular daily routes but also for activities, which should allow us to only send one bus on a lot trips when we previously had been forced to send two buses to accommodate larger groups."

While the district replaced a 20 year old bus, the senior item on the list had passed the half century mark in age. The board voted to accept the bid of $13,036.25 from R.F. Klote, Inc. of Kirksville to replace the walk-in freezer in the high school kitchen.

"That unit had been scheduled for replacement 25 years ago, but during that period funds were really tight so they moved the unit from the old school into its present location," Huff said.

A second bid of $14,600 had been received from Winger Service of Ottumwa, IA.

The district will also be installing a divider curtain in the high school gymnasium. The 75' x 22'3" roll top divider curtain will be installed by WAMCO at a cost of $6,200. Bulte Company had submitted a bid for the curtain at a cost of $14,400.

"The curtain will allow us to have two classes in the gymnasium at the same time and will also benefit practice schedules allowing two teams to use the facility simultaneously," Huff said.

The final purchase will replace the school's 1996 model year lawn mower. The board accepted a bid of $9,846 for a 22HP Kubota four-wheel drive diesel unit with a 72-inch deck. The purchase price included a trade-in for the school's 1996 model.

The board considered three other bids on lawn mowers before finalizing the purchase. Ruth Enterprise submitted a bid of $10,110 for a Dixon model. Sydenstricker offered a similar John Deere unit for $13,350 while Kille Kubota offered the same unit the board purchased for $13,148.

"If you stop and think about it we maintain 30 plus acres which gets mowed at least once a week during the spring and summer, so we put a lot of hours on this machine," Huff said.

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