Lisbon schools pleased with deal on used buses

LISBON — After two years of looking for some low-mileage used but newer school buses, the school district’s patience was rewarded.

The school board on Thursday approved the purchase of two used 2015 buses with just 40,000 miles from Myers Equipment Corp. of Canfield for a combined $121,736.

“We’ve just replaced half our fleet” at a great price, school Superintendent Joseph Siefke told the board.

Siefke said they told Myers in 2015 to keep an eye out for any used buses that were newer and had low mileage because the district’s fleet was aging and needed to be replaced. “It was costing us in repairs … It was starting to add up,” he said.

While new buses were needed badly, Siefke said Myers did not find anything that quite met what he had in mind, so he waited patiently until company officials called last month with the two buses that more to his liking.

“We were really picky in that we wanted a good bus and something our mechanic could work on. It’s like looking for that perfect used car,” he joked.

New buses cost about $95,000, so Siefke figured they saved more than $70,000 by purchasing the two-year-old buses.

“To be able to upgrade half our fleet at once and at that price is a great thing for us,” Siefke said.,

In other action at this week’s meeting, the board:

–Adopted a 2017-18 budget totaling $12.89 million, which treasurer Vickie Browning-Prowitt said was slightly less than the previous year’s appropriations.

–Appointed Kristy Cox as junior class advisor and made the following volunteer appointments: Spencer Cross, drumline advisor; Morgan Germanovich, dance line advisor; and Katie Houk, flag line advisor.

–Accepted the resignations of volunteer assistant varsity football coach Todd Brammer and assistant volunteer junior high football coach Dan Germanovich, and replaced them with Dan Donahue and Dave Crismon, who were promoted from volunteer coaches on the junior high football team and awarded supplemental contracts.

–Agreed to pay Gardiner, the company that installed their HVAC system, to repair controllers that had failed in four units at a cost of $1,200 per unit.

–Accepted the resignations of custodians Amanda Hall and Tammi Morris and hired Melody Felton as second-shift custodian at McKinley Elementary School.

– Hired Angela Smith as a cafeteria worker at the elementary school.

The board’s next meeting is 5 p.m.Oct. 19.