Board discusses new bus and Phase I construction

Dawn Rye | Writer

During last week’s school board meeting, the board discussed ordering a new bus for the fleet next year and how Phase I construction is going.

Board member Ransom Jones said he and board member Brett Olson inspected a bus with 160,000 miles on it. According to the school records, buses run up to 220,000 to 240,000 before the school purchases a new one. He noted he wanted to continue to make sure the fleet stays reliable when running multiple buses. He recommends that the board place an order for a new bus. 

Business manager Jim Vogel explained he spoke with the bus company that supplied the last bus and currently it’s six month out. So, the school would be looking at October before receiving the new bus. The board will further discuss this topic when it gets closer to the milage requirement. 

Vogel said crews started tearing apart the playground area and routing the buses when the project is complete. The bus route will be coming in from the east, cross the newly acquired property and ending on the east side of the newer elementary building. 

He explained a slight delay with the street project; however, the decisions have been made and things will continue to move forward. 

Board member Greg Simmermon asked if the new building would be brick and mortar or steel?

Vogel explained it’s a polished block. In the original plan, there would have been steel trusses but given the uncertainty of steel, they changed the option and will be using cement as the primary material.

School board president Jason Chester noted that when it comes to Phase II, Koch Hazard anticipates several changes. He said they would be at the August meeting to discuss the changes for Phase II.

Comments are closed.

  • Make a big impact by shopping small on Small Business Saturday

    November 23rd, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Situated between the long lines of Black Friday and the seemingly minute-long online deals of Cyber […]


    Discussion on medical marijuana cultivation continues

    November 23rd, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Running a medical cannabis operation is not for everyone, but it can be profitable and benefit […]


    Be Alert to Scammers over the Holidays

    November 23rd, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Hackers and thieves have always targeted the credit card industry. Unfortunately, the most common scams have […]


    Turner County Youth Pheasant Hunt a success

    November 23rd, 2021
    by

    The Turner County Charity Youth Pheasant Hunt was held at Wings of Valor Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 30. Fifteen youth […]


    A new calling for worship

    November 18th, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Whether families or individuals attend church on Wednesdays or Sundays, the call to worship is the […]


  • Medical cannabis regulations discussed in Turner County

    November 18th, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer State-level marijuana liberalization policies have been evolving for the past five decades, yet the overall scientific […]


    Parker School District discuss PBIS program

    November 18th, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a school wide system that implements effective ways to […]


    City Council breezes through agenda

    November 18th, 2021
    by

    Donna Rumbuagh|Managing Editor The Parker City Council met as scheduled on Monday, November 8th at 7 p.m.  The meeting was […]


    Parker honor rolls

    November 18th, 2021
    by

    High School A Honor Roll Cole Abbott Mykenzie Amick Olivia Anderson Landon Beck Rachel Becker Brooke Berens Halle Berens Levi […]


    East River deer rifle season opens this weekend; hunters and motorists need to stay sharp

    November 18th, 2021
    by

    Troy Schwans | Editor In the 1900’s hunting seasons established by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks […]


  • What’s Happening

    Ralph Long

    90 Tuesday, Nov. 2 Hurley Ralph Roger Long was born on Feb. 8, 1931 to Balsor and Rose (Petersen) Long northwest […]

    Berens signs with Augustana Vikings

    Brooke Berens recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play college volleyball for the Augustana Vikings. Berens made countless […]

    Parker School host Veteran’s Day program

    Veterans Day is a special day to remember the military men and women who have sacrificed their lives to provide […]