FLEMINGSBURG – Buses were purchased and construction updates given at the Fleming County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 17.
Mike Sparkman with Alt 32 gave an update on renovations ongoing at Fleming County High School.
“It appears we have a substantial completion date set and achievable,” said Sparkman. “That date is May 25.”
According to Sparkman, the good thing about that is that gives workers a full month before the full completion date, which is at the end of June.
“Right now we can say we are on track and if that changes we will happily report to the board about that,” Sparkman said.
Construction on the school has included several new upgrades to the building — a new nursing area, allied health classrooms, welding center, culinary arts classroom and other areas.
The Board of Education also approved the purchase of three buses, one of which will replace the bus damaged in a collision in March.
“Our schedule is to buy two buses so many years then buy three,” said Fleming County Schools Director of District Wide Operations and Finance Greg Conway. “We lost one of our brand new buses, so the insurance is going to pay to replace that one. The other two are going to be paid for out of the general fund.”
According to Conway, each of the two buses being purchased out of the general fund will cost $97,725. He said that price includes several options the board decided on including armrests, a cigarette lighter power point, a PA system, multiple cameras, a 100-gallon gas tank, heavy-duty tires, a storage area underneath the bus and heavy-duty engines and transmissions.
“We just really want the buses to have a solid foundation,” Conway said. “Option wise, it’s not like we’re getting leather seats and a sunroof or anything, it’s just to protect the students and the drivers.”
According to Conway, the purchase brings Fleming County to 35 buses in the fleet.
“We like to keep six spares, but the problem is we recently lost three buses,” Conway said. “One to the accident and two to the flooding.”
According to Conway, he will sit down with a few drivers and maintenance workers on Friday, April 20 to discuss the purchases.