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Board hears update on bus garage status

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Clay Community Schools Director of Transportation Frank Misner
There was much deliberation about the future of the Clay Community School (CCS) transportation office during the May school board meeting Thursday.

The City of Brazil's planning and zoning office gave the school corporation permission for a two-year contract for the current location on Depot and State streets.

However, the structure is temporary and the city wants a permanent structure.

Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens was present at the meeting to talk to board members and clarify the planning and zoning commission.

The office, which is used for dispatch communication and bus routing, has now been doing business at the location for two-and-one-half and exceeded the allotted time.

School board members have been working on finding a new property to house the office, but still have not come to a decision.

The other issue involved with the current office building is its size. The office is small and does not have enough room to accommodate those who may visit the site.

"During the day there are usually not more than three or four people at the office, but before or after a route, we may have 20 people," CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner said, who later explained there is barely room to walk around the office.

School board members asked Misner at the meeting Thursday if the office needed to be housed directly next to the bus garage.

"The fuel is there 24 hours a day. If we move the office away from the garage and fuel, then it opens it up for more problems down the line," Misner explained.

Some have suggested buying a modular to use, but others are worried the modular wouldn't hold up in inclement weather (like a tornado) and wouldn't serve as a practical permanent structure.

A modular was estimated at $50,000.

The school board plans to have a working session to ensure they make the decision that is most beneficial.

The board is considering using the Williams property, the gravel lot adjacent from the current transportation office, and the former office property.

Board members Amy Burke Adams and Rob Miller agreed that "it really wouldn't be wasting the money because we could use the building as part of the main office or it would increase the value of the property if we wanted to sell it."

The next school board meeting is at North Clay Middle School Thursday, June 9.

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Here's a thought, keep what you have!!!!! The bus garage has been in this location for as long as I have been alive. Take the money you will waste and do something constructive with it. Give something back to the tax payers!!!!!! Stop giving money hand of fist to the school corporation.

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 9:48 AM

Here's a thought, keep what you have!!!!! The bus garage has been in this location for as long as I have been alive. Take the money you will waste and do something constructive with it. Give something back to the tax payers!!!!!! Stop giving money hand of fist to the school corporation.

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 9:48 AM

Actually, the bus garage is in the wrong location for the current situation due to the locations of the one school that most of the buses go to on a daily basis. That would be the North Clay - Northview complex.

The situation has changed since that location was chosen and the very location now causes higher costs just by being distant from Northview. We have fewer schools, Cory, Bowling Green, Poland, & Jackson Street have been closed, meaning we have and need more buses. The garage itself, which we just expended funds on to bring to some level of compliance with OSHA and other requirements, is actually too small for our operations as well as the Transportation Office and Building and Grounds Office and shop, which we lost because the building became unusable.

Besides that, the school corporation needs to reduce its number of locations, not increase them. This would save money in the Buildings and Grounds Department as well as saving money when any other employee had to take the time to travel between locations.

As with the situation with the sidewalks in Brazil, all it takes is a Federal lawsuit and we will be paying for a new Central Office because to renovate the current one to be handicapped accessible would be a foolish waste of money. That is without even considering that the Central Office is currently in a building that wasn't designed as such almost 80 years ago and is nowhere near another corporation building or near a high concentration of employees.

What should be apparent to all who have looked at the situation is that the school corporation needs to consolidate the Central Office, the Transportation Department, and the Buildings and Grounds Department onto one location near Northview even if it costs to build because it will save the corporation money for the next century in daily operating expense. In the last five years, the corporation has had to react to building decencies in a manner that solved the problem short-term, but costs more to continue long-term then it should.

It's up to the public, do you wish for your children and grandchildren to pay more because you didn't take the time to plan or because you didn't want to invest?

Every tax dollar that is not spent to get the most value is a dollar that cannot be spent elsewhere, showing that more needs to be taxed out of your pocket at some level.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 11:11 AM

Has anyone thought about the children that the people who work in the office keep safe by making sure the buses they are on are in mechanically working order. The garage that they are currently in is not in the best of conditions, and they need the office close to prevent problems. Why not just build a new office and garage! The Transportation Dept is a vital part of the school corporation! I am sure that half of the students if not more than that utilize the service they provide! They are important and its about time that the school board start treating them like they are.

-- Posted by FireWife27 on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 12:54 PM

There is land near the middle school that I beleive the only time it's used is for middle school PE golf classes. Could those be moved to other athletic fields and a complex be built there to maybe house both central office and transportation area? That way transportation office could be incorporated into central office building.

Maybe a multistory building with the offices on upper floors if ground area not quite large enough?? It would take some rerouting of drainage is low in parts of that area I think.

Still puts the "central" office in north side of county but population wise that might be best location.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 7:59 AM

That might as well just build on for all. But why cant they just do a pole barn type building not get all crazy on spending.

-- Posted by kd323 on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 9:37 AM

Oh and why do you need to have golf for PE thats crazy the other schools dont so they shouldnt

-- Posted by kd323 on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 9:39 AM

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