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With approval from a Sandusky County budget panel, the Woodmore school board may soon have access to almost $185,000 for use on permanent improvement needs.

A resolution discussed last week by the board asks the Sandusky County Budget Commission for authorization to transfer “dormant bond funds” to the district’s budget funds for permanent improvements such as building and facility repairs, vehicles and equipment.

The resolution is scheduled to be on the agenda of the board’s regular meeting set for May 17. It states the balance of $184,498.75 is left over from a bond issue approved by voters in 1987.

The bond revenues were used for new equipment and renovations at the high school building in Elmore and the elementary school in Woodville. The elementary building has since been razed after a new PreK-8 building opened last year.

Payments on the interest and principal of the 3.7-mill, $6 million bond were in effect for 23 years, ending in 2010.

“Whereas the projects for which the bond issue was proposed and passed have since been completed and paid for, and there are currently no outstanding obligations of interest or principal payable from the bond retirement fund…the conditions required to transfer the remaining balance of a bond retirement fund have been met,” the resolution says.

Earlier this year, Jaime Pearson, district treasurer, notified the board she had found the dormant monies in a bond retirement fund.

Cara Brown, who chairs the board’s finance committee, said she and Pearson have been consulting with the Sandusky County auditor’s office about the proposed transfer and have reviewed the ballot language of the bond issue.

The auditor and county treasurer and prosecutor comprise the budget commission.


Bus inspection
Joe Liszak, board president, has directed the administration to have a maintenance/repair plan for the district’s bus fleet prepared for Tuesday’s meeting.

After reviewing the results of the annual fleet inspection by the Ohio Highway Patrol, Liszak said he found it disconcerting so many of the buses were determined to be unsafe.

“Over 50 percent of the bus fleet had to be immediately taken out of service because they were not safe to transport children,” he said Wednesday. “Brakes and safety lights were not working on our buses along with numerous loose seats, and a list of other violations is unacceptable,”

The district has a fleet of 14 buses but two were taken out of service before the inspection. The board is considering purchasing two new buses.

“What I find hard to believe is that these inspections were scheduled inspections. In other words, the district knew the date that the Highway Patrol was coming to conduct our review and yet we still failed to maintain our fleet,” Liszak said.

The Highway Patrol conducted annual and spot inspections in March and April.

Several of the buses have well over 200,000 miles on their odometers, according to the inspection reports.

 

 

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