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Tracking the bids

MANLIUS – Bureau Valley School Board met in a special meeting on Thursday to award the track resurfacing bid of $43,100 to Athletic Field Services Inc of Genesee Depot, Wis., the company that originally installed the track.

Superintendent Dennis Thompson said based on past conversations, he was hoping the Bureau Valley Booster’s Club would be picking up about $38,000 of the cost.

“I do believe they will take care of a majority of this; I just don’t know the exact number and when,” he said.

The remaining cost would be covered by the high school’s building and repairs fund. He also suggested charging a small amount to the junior high’s budget because they also use the track.

Thompson said if the booster club had not come forward with their offer, the district would be postponing the project again.

Board member Don DeWaele explained the project wasn’t one that just came up. The resurfacing should have been completed in 2007.

“We’ve put this off many years already,” he said. “I’m glad to see (booster club) doing it. I’m glad to see the people who originally installed the track are the low bidder.”

The board agreed to accept the low bid pending the reimbursement of the Bureau Valley Booster Club for the majority of the resurfacing cost.

Also at the special meeting, the board decided to hold off purchasing two new buses at $140,000, which was originally discussed and approved at last month’s board meeting.

Thompson said within a couple weeks of approving the purchase, a rumor started that the state would be reducing transportation reimbursements from 60 percent to 19-20 percent.

The district normally receives about $429,741 in reimbursements, and if the number dropped 19-20 percent, Thompson said they would only get back $103,797.

“That’s difference of $326,000 ... $326,000 of change is just one more nail in the coffin around here if we don’t get that switched around,” he said.

Thompson recommended the board hold off on the new bus purchases until they hear otherwise. He said he would keep the board informed on what the reimbursements will look like next year.

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