During the monthly meeting Thursday evening, the board voted in favor of beginning negotiations with owner Doug Williams for the property located at 410 W. Pinckley Street, Brazil.
The majority of school board officials said they believe purchasing the building would be an adequate solution to the zoning and size problems surrounding the current bus garage at the intersection of Depot and Church streets.
However, board member Forest Buell addressed his colleagues with a message of caution during the meeting, advising his fellow board members to further examine various aspects of the Williams property.
Despite Buell's attempt to persuade other board members to delve deeper, board member Ron Scherb said the board had been concentrating on the issue long enough.
"We need to make a decision on this soon," Scherb argued. "It's time to start focusing on educational issues."
Board member Amy Burke Adams agreed.
"We need to find a place that suites most of our needs," Adams said, "and I think the Williams property does."
Scherb made the motion to start negotiations, contingent upon an up-to-date legal survey.
CCS Vice President Tina Heffner gave the second, and the board voted 5-1 in favor of the motion, with Buell opposing.
The other agenda item to provoke heavy discussion was the transportation office's request to purchase a new maintenance service truck that could be used as a multi-purpose vehicle.
CCS Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger explained to those in attendance the number of employees is outnumbering the number of service vehicles.
"We only have four trucks we are able to use," Reberger said.
He added although they have one service truck in running condition, it isn't road-worthy due to and chassis issues.
"Even if we fixed the current problems with the truck, we can't attach a snow plow to it," Reberger told board members. "We'd like to buy a truck we can put a snow plow on when needed, and be able to use it as a service vehicle when the weather's not bad."
The transportation office asked that the board approve their request to purchase a Bowen Ford 2011 Ford F250 Super Duty 4X4 pick-up at a cost of $23,726 with funding coming from the General Fund.
However, Scherb suggested the board consider looking into a diesel option, making an argument about the longevity of a diesel versus a gasoline engine.
Board member Jennifer Kaelber agreed.
Reberger said the problem tends not to be with vehicles' engines but with the wear on the vehicle's body after long periods of performing strenuous jobs in harsh weather.
After discussing various possible motions, board members voted to table the decision until the December meeting.
Meanwhile, the district's wireless project is underway and wiring in all buildings is expected to be completed shortly after 2012.
In addition to current on-going wireless renovations, the board unanimously approved the purchase of additional access points to be installed throughout buildings in the district. The additional access points, meant to be distributed throughout corporation buildings, will be $135,931.50, with funding coming from the Rainy Day Fund.
In other school board news:
* Board members voted unanimously in favor of School Board Policy No. 7541- Computer Technology and Social Media,
* School board officials conducted a first reading of Personnel Director Carolyn Kumpf's request to adopt a substitute handbook for those filling in for CCS teachers,
* The board voted unanimously in favor of hiring MMS-AE architectural firm to provides a seven phase design and engineering services for renovation of the new central office at a cost of $27,400, with funding coming from the Rainy Day Fund,
* Heffner made the motion to approve CCS's enrollment with the Indiana Bond Bank Fuel Purchasing Program, which is intended to help the school corporation "hedge their bets" regarding the transportation and fuel budget. Scherb gave the second, and the motion was unanimously approved,
* The CCS board also approved purchases made through the North Clay Middle School Mini-Grant Program after reading an explanation from NCMS Principal Jeff Allen,
* School board officials granted a waiver to Jerry Fortune, a CCS bus driver, allowing him to retire as of Nov. 30, and
* School board officials conducted a first reading of the newly state-mandated Indoor Air Quality Proposed new policies, which include rules pertaining to the amount of time corporation vehicles can idle outside the school as well as other stipulations.
Board member Tammy Beasley was not present during Thursday evening's meeting.
The CCS board meets regularly on the second Thursday of every month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the North Clay Middle School Media Center.