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School Board to look at four more bus barn proposals

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Clay Community School Board of Trustees was presented with six more locations for a potential bus garage location Thursday.

Per the recommendation of school board members, the administration contacted INSafe, a division of the Indiana Department of Labor, which works with all parties to make the workplace healthy and safe.

Scheduled to originally arrive Feb. 9, to review the Quonset hut, inclement weather resulted in a reschedule to today.

The six properties are located near Pinckley Street, Hendrix Street, County Road 50, State Road 340, United States 40 and Waterworks Road, and Turner Road and U. S. 40.

Each property was broken into 11 categories, concerning location, site acreage, use of existing building for bus garage, the amount of bus garage acreage, the possibility of property lease, the property cost, appraisal amount average of two, yearly utility costs, could the site be used to also include Central office, building upgrades needed and any other notes.

The board asked the administration to look into three of the six properties.

In other business during the meeting, the board unanimously approved:

* The fiber optic bid submitted by AXIA Technology Partners bid, which included an initial build cost of $436,337.45 and an annual maintenance cost of $27,158.46 for a five-year total cost before the e-rate of $572,125.75.

The board approval is dependent on a positive e-rate review,

* A request from Clay City Jr./Sr. High School Principal Jeff Bell to begin an Academic Booster Club at Clay City, which will be led by parents for the purpose of promoting academic programs,

* A list of checks that had not been cashed in two years and need to be canceled.

The Business Department reviews a list each year but only after two years the uncashed checks written off. Letters are sent to individuals as reminders, and

* The Indiana Prevention Resource Center 2010 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Survey. The survey was given in 2006-07 to students in the middle and high schools and the information is used to write grants and to evaluate the impact of alcohol, tobacco and drug education programs.

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Cost of property?? IF buildings need to be built, why not use the property the school already owns in front of the middle school? Am I taking it fro granted that the site mentioned on 340 is property already owned by the schools?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 6:47 PM

I agree with Jenny, we have the property. I think that this has gone on way too long. We need to get the bus garage built for numerous reasons. Mr. Misner, the mechanics, and the drivers need a facility to maintain the buses to a safe standard. I hope that Dr. Buell can even see the importance of this. Education is important, but if we can't get the kids there safely, then what? To me, this seems like a no-brainer.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 7:10 PM

If they are concerned that it will look bad in front of the school, build it to match.

-- Posted by cc225 on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 7:43 PM

No matter where it is built there will be neighbors impacted. Yes build it with decent looking facade in front. Might even add on to cumberland academy building for Central offices eventually. Many possibilities in middle school campus.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 7:37 AM

If we cannot put it on the existing property, that field to the west looks to be a good place. I asked the school board if anyone had made inquiries.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 10:15 AM

If you did add to Cumberland where would that program go ? What about the Sports fields? Where would they go ?

-- Posted by coachB on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 12:02 PM


I believe ADDING to Cumberland would mean adding on to that building to allow room for central office space in addition to the program that is already there.

I also believe that that building was carved out of parking lot space and not sports fields [someone correct me if I'm mistaken]. Middle school students don't have cars. Even when a sporting event is going on in that area there seems to be plenty of room for parking. I am not suggesting that any of the sports fields be used. Not even saying that Central office SHOULD be there. Only if there is not enough room in front of the building for transportation and EVENTUAL new location for central office, that may be a possibility. Remember with an elevator, can always build a central office that is several stories high so its footprint not as large. Same with out front. Why cannot a transportation complex be built with offices above it so foot print smaller? Use available space instead of buying more is all that I am suggesting. Can do this in stages so long as framework of the structure strong enough to build upwards at a later date. Many build their houses so they can later build onto them when they can afford to and not all at once and get in over their heads in debt. Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 1:08 PM

The need to put the vehicular maintenance in suitable, safe, and functional quarters is not the same as the need to build a "bus barn" for long-term use.

While we have some funds reserved in the Rainy Day Fund to build or acquire a building,it may well be in the best interest of the corporation and community that it serves to take a hard look at what other problems can be alleviated at the same time.

When that has been researched, perhaps more of an investment would be seen as more appropriate if the corporation and community benefits from the long-term lowering of costs.

As Jenny stated, we can also do this in stages to solve all of the current and foreseeable problems or to spread out the costs given a property that was purchased with all of the known requirements of the known activities that need attention considered.

That cornfield west of North Clay still looks great to me. It is convenient to the schools where most of the buses in the North go every day, it is near the highest concentration of buildings to cut travel time for Buildings and Grounds as best we can, entrance and egress from can be designed so that the buses do not have to leave school property and use the public road at all, the required communication technology for the Central Office and Buildings and Grounds can simply be extended instead of running new or longer lines to another location, city water and sewer can be extended from existing facilities if not already in place, and it is in open country where we would be dealing with one owner instead of in a built-up area as is the current location where we would have to deal with several owners to acquire the average needed and the city on closing of streets.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 3:02 PM

The current building was not designed to be added on too. I do not think that a central office and the current programs there would work. All you need to do is look at the problem Vigo county has had to address with the change at THS and its program addition. While on grounds it will be a separate building. As for the sports the expansion came only after NC was built then sports fields where expanded upon. The parking lot does get very close to capacity during events. It had nothing to do with middle school students as you mentioned. It was to provide space for multiple uses by school and community for events.

-- Posted by coachB on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 11:09 PM

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