School board declares old buses as surplus

by Celia Shortt

The Coweta County Board of Education unanimously approved declaring 19 buses as surplus during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

“We don’t do this necessarily annually, but we do every couple of years as we roll budgets off,” said Coweta County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker. “You remember, you recently approved some new buses … a couple of months ago as we replace(d) the old models.”

School board policy requires board approval for the public sale of school property as well as any amount of over $500 be advertised and sold to the highest bidder unless the board votes for a negotiated private sale.

Policy also authorizes the school board to sell property to city, local, or state governments as it deems appropriate.

There are 19 buses ready to sell and range in age from 21 to 22 years old. The board unanimously approved declaring them as surplus and will begin advertising for sealed bids on their purchase.

In other business:

• Approved was a list of nominees for the sick leave bank committee — Vince Bass, Fate Simmons, Toni Vinson, Carrie DeBilzan, Wendy Arnold, Rebecca Tucker, and Janice Walton.

• Approved was a trip for East Coweta High School’s JROTC Precision Rifle Team. It will attend and compete in the Marine Corps JROTC Rifle Matches in Anniston, Ala., Feb. 13-15. They will miss two school days, but the trip is at no cost to the school system.

• The school board heard a financial report from Keith Chapman. The expenses remain below what was anticipated in the budget and less will need to be take from the reserves.

• Both the construction projects at East Coweta High and Evans Middle schools are proceeding.



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