Details of bus garage purchase discussed

EAST PALESTINE – The school board of education is working through some matters regarding the purchase of property for its new bus garage, but those matters are confidential for now.

The board entered into executive session following a five-minute special meeting Monday evening, and no action was taken.

Superintendent George Fisk said the closed door meeting was to discuss the purchase of the property at 914 Bacon Ave., which as of the Aug. 4 meeting was pending the completion of an environmental study and a survey, both recommended by the district’s attorney.

The board agreed at the July meeting to purchase the property for $79,900 to house its 10 buses. Two stall garages are already located on the property the district used about 20 years ago and is looking to use again since it switched maintenance providers.

The district housed its buses at Nulfco, which provided bus maintenance services at the time, but the district needed to find a new space after opting to go with OS Hill in East Liverpool for maintenance.

The environmental study through RP Environmental of Mentor cost the district $1,885.

Matters approved by the board during the regular meeting were hiring Ronald Dunn as classified custodian and Corie Biser, Ryan McCollough and Sheri Hays as part-time teachers.

They also accepted six students through open enrollment, with four coming from Beaver Local and two from Columbiana.