Florence School may purchase used bus



Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. – The Florence School Board will allow District Administrator Ben Niehaus to spend up to $15,000 to purchase a used bus if one becomes available.

At the regular meeting Monday, the board heard a report about the district’s bus fleet. The district uses 11 busses, eight for regular runs and three for spares. The five newest busses all had minimum repairs.

Two busses, spares 16 and 18, did not pass inspection but can be repaired. They were able to use parts from bus 17 to make body repairs on bus 18 and some on bus 16 by using a bus that is being scrapped.

The dilemma was whether or not to do engine work to repair bus 16. Repairs to the bus could be $3,000-$4,000. Niehaus hoped they would be able to find a bus for about $15,000, but right now there are not many available. He added that when they do become available, they are quickly purchased.

Work on the busses is behind schedule because the board looked into using a bus service instead of keeping its bus fleet.

In other business, the board;

– Will hold a referendum committee meeting on Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. to finalize the referendum amount and length. It will be approved at the Aug. 11 meeting.

– Agreed to drop insurance coverage for athletics and extra-curriculars. Parents can purchase optional coverage for $88 for all extra-curriculars except football. Coverage for football is about $341. Board member Tom Jonet voted against the motion, because he felt the football coverage amount may be too much for some families. He didn’t want to see a child not play football because of this cost.

-Discussed having a consultant come to a board meeting to talk about how the district could save money in energy costs.

– Discussed how to handle grading for students who take college level classes. More discussion will be held at a committee meeting.

– Accepted the resignation with regret of language arts teacher Jennifer Riske.