Valley Falls school board studies transportation needs

by Clarke Davis

The Valley Falls school board will soon receive a report on the district vehicles and begin to lay plans on addressing an aging bus fleet.

School BusSuperintendent Loren Feldkamp said the district has not bought a school bus for five years and at least three are nearing the 200,000-mile range.

A 56-passenger bus is now costing over $75,000, a steep price at a time when budgets are being cut.

Bus transportation director Wayne Belveal will inventory the vehicles for the school board and Feldkamp said a rotation plan for replacement will be devised.

The superintendent said trips are being made to haul one or two students in a van that gets 15 miles per gallon that would make more sense using a car, indicating that all vehicles are being looked at.

All members were present when the school board met Nov. 8.

The Washburn Institute of Technology is interested in extending adult education classes to Valley Falls. Several classes in computer and accounting skills have been scheduled for January through April.

The cost is $105 and the class will be held if at least five are enrolled.

Washburn also wants to use the school’s industrial arts building as a satellite for classes in welding and cabinetry. These classes will be promoted among the high school students for enrollment next fall.

Other business items included:

  • Hiring Anthony Wunder as the head middle school boys’ basketball coach for 2010-11.
  • Purchased 11 Dell laptop computers for $11,987 with federal grant money.
  • Approved a request for Valley Falls to play a league baseball game with Oskaloosa at the T-Bones Stadium near Kansas City. The transportation will be paid by the district with other costs paid by the team.
  • Approved adding Gladys Bishop to the elementary site council.

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