New school buses among approved contracts


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Monday, August 6, 2018

CURRITUCK -- The Currituck County Board of Education last week approved multi-year contracts for activity bus purchases, wastewater treatment inspection and school bus GPS tracking.

At its regular board meeting Thursday the board voted unanimously to buy seven activity buses to replace buses in the current activity bus fleet. The cost is $115,000 a year over four years to purchase four full-sized buses and three smaller buses.

District staff told the board that the smaller buses could probably transport some of the smaller teams.

The buses that are being replaced will be sold.

The board also approved a three-year contract at about $31,000 a year with Envirotech to inspect the onsite wastewater treatment plant at Shawboro Elementary School.

The school is served by a small self-contained treatment system because the ground at the site would not percolate, staff explained.

The state requires the plant to be monitored by a certified inspector.

The current inspection contract is for $1,045 a month but the state has added a requirement that the plan be inspected daily and that will increase the cost under the new contract to $2,613.

Noting the increasing cost of the inspections contract, board member Will Crodick quipped that he might need to consider going into the business of inspecting small-scale waste treatment plants.

Board members asked if it would be cost-effective to train a member of the school district’s own maintenance staff to inspect the plant. Staff replied that might be an option but could be prohibitively expensive because of the extensive training that is required to obtain the necessary certification.

In another matter, the board approved a three-year contract at $31,000 a year for a GPS bus-tracking system through Synovia Solutions.