Norwalk to bid for 2 new school buses

Cary Ashby • Sep 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM

NORWALK — Norwalk City Schools is plans to purchase two 83- to 84-passenger school buses.

The school board, during Tuesday’s public meeting, approved putting out bids for buses. Treasurer Joyce Dupont said each vehicle should cost about $95,000 — which will come from the district savings account — and ultimately will be better than making repairs to older buses.

“You can’t buy school buses without bids,” she said.

The board also approved a $6,458 purchase order to American Diesel Service Inc. for school bus repairs. Dupont said 10 years should be the maximum time for districts to use buses. With most of the vehicles in the fleet being a decade old, board president Lisa Wick said it’s a smart move to purchase new ones. 

The board also accepted three donations: $1,750 from EHOVE Career Center/NASA for the robotics club; $500 from Wilde Pizza for undisclosed “student needs;” and 20 tablets valued at $2,000 from Oglesby Construction Inc. in Norwalk.

In other action, the board:

• Approved a 90-day unpaid leave of absence for custodian Regina Reed, estimated to go through Jan. 2.

• Hired Pam Reed as a special needs educational assistant, effective Tuesday.

• Approved an agreement with Edison, Monroeville and Western Reserve local schools to provide required Title I services to their district-resident students attending Norwalk Catholic School for the 2019-2020 academic year. The three districts will pay Norwalk City Schools from their Title I allocations.