George W. Davis
GREEN - The district's school bus fleet is about to get a booster shot of seven new carriers, and some arrive within the next week.
Wendall Jackson, the district's director of operations and technology, said seven of the 41 drivers will receive new buses after the Board of Education on Monday night accepted the bid from CCI North Coast of $594,887 for the seven buses.
The district will own the new fleet members in five years through a board-approved lease proposal from MVI Idealease through Sovereign Bank at an annual cost of $130,638. Payment will be made through permanent improvement funds beginning next August.
Treasurer Eydie Snowberger said she learned Monday night that the first four buses will be delivered next week. No date was given for the delivery of the other buses.
Because of financial concerns in the past, the bus fleet was unable to remain on schedule. As a result, Snowberger said the number purchased is more than usual but aims the district back toward its bus-replacement plan.
As part of the busing transactions, the board agreed to sell two 1995 buses for $5,500 to Yellow Bus Sales.
In his opening remarks, Superintendent Michael Nutter said the district had a "very good opening week.” He added that several positive comments were received about the tailgate party held prior to the Green Bulldogs' football home opener.
Nutter also noted that Green Local School District is above the state and national averages on ACT test scores.
Those awaiting state report card results, usually sent out around the end of August, will have to keep waiting because of an investigation into some districts’ data reporting.
"We're good," Nutter said of the investigation, drawing smiles and applause from the small audience.