New wheels for W-MU schools
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD — Winfield-Mt. Union Community School District will be getting three new Blue Bird School buses.
At last night’s W-MU school board meeting last night, the board decided to go with a purchase agreement with School Bus Sales to purchase the three new buses at a total cost of $261,819. Thomas Bus Sales also submitted a bus quote with a total cost of $268,560.
“My suggestion would be that we go with Blue Bird,” said Superintendent Pat Coen. “It the best deal with the best buses.”
“Do we need three buses?” asked Board President Robin Therme.
Barb Brown, administrative assistant, explained to the board that three 2003 school buses have began having high maintenance costs and this would be a good time to trade them in.
Currently, the school owns three buses and leases three buses. The plan for the buses is to keep two of the leased buses and trade in one. They would also trade in two busses that the school owns. After trading in the three 2003 buses, the school would then purchase three new buses, according to Brown.
“So basically, three are coming in and three are going out,” summarized Therme.
The school board also reviewed and agreed to a 28E agreement with the City of Winfield regarding the Winfield Rec League.
According to the 28E, the school’s responsibilities would include mowing the softball diamond during ball season; paying the electric bill at the west softball diamond; and maintaining of lights, fence and bleachers.
The city’s responsibilities, according to the agreement, would be to mow the west softball diamond before and after softball season, maintenance of the north parking lot, water supply and electric service (other than the west softball diamond).
Maintenance of the bathroom facilities and trash disposal receptacles are the responsibility of the rec league, according to the agreement.
All three entities (city, school and rec league) are responsible for public liability insurance.
The five-member board making up the rec league consists of school board members Kaly Edwards and John Vantiger, city council members Roger Sharp and Jan Walter, rec league representative Angie Oepping, and W-MU Executive Director Pat Coen.
The 28E agreement also states that instead of one meeting annually, there will now be two meetings for the rec league board of directors.
The board also:
• Heard elementary/curriculum report, secondary/athletic director report and superintendent and facilities reports.
• Reviewed and approved the media center policy.
• Considered early retirement offering but tabled a decision for further study.
• Approved the hiring of Cory Rowe for night custodian.
• Reviewed chapter two of Leadership for Student Learning.
The next W-MU school board meeting will be Jan. 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the media center.