MILLBURY – The wheels on two buses for the Lake School District will be brand new.
At last month’s regular meeting, the board of education approved buying two buses from Cardinal for
Myers Equipment submitted bids that were $1,900 lower per bus, but the details were not the same, said
transportation Director Tammy Tapley.
"When the bids came in, Myers didn’t exactly have the things we asked for," she said.
The bid did not include reflective tape and noise-reduction material throughout the bus. The delivery
dates also differed. The Cardinal buses would at Lake in two weeks, while Myers would need four months.
Since Lake has traditionally used Cardinal, the department does not have Myers parts either, Tapley said.
Treasurer Jeff Carpenter said Lake has a good relationship with Cardinal, which helped out when buses
were destroyed during the 2010 tornado.
Board President Tim Krugh lamented the loss of state money for bus purchases.
"When I first got on the board … we used to get enough money every two years to purchase a
bus," he said.
Lake will get $2,500 back in a trade-in for each bus.
After the meeting, Tapley said Lake has 22 buses in the fleet. In the past few years, Lake has been
leasing buses instead of buying them, she said. Leasing was not a good option this year because the
buses available had high mileage.
Also at the Oct. 15 meeting, the board:
• Dedicated a space in the high school media center to Jill Besgrove, who died last year. Her husband,
Jason, and two children were there for the dedication.
• Accepted donations from Ken Boos, National Geographic books valued at $150; Thayer Auto, school
supplies valued at $75; Bob and Sue Fahle, a Holton trumpet valued at $300; Dorothy Dean, a word
processor; class of 1964, $708 for library books; and Abke Farms, 100 pumpkins for young runners valued
• Went into an executive session to meet with an attorney. No action was taken.