August 2, 2011 Public Hearing
Hopkinton School District School Board
School Administrative Unit #66
August 2, 2011
School Board: Chairman: David Luneau, Vice Chairman: Elizabeth Durant Board Member: Louis Josephson, William Jones
Administration: Superintendent: Steven Chamberlin, Business Administrator: Michelle Clark
CALL TO ORDER
Mr. Luneau called the properly posted public hearing to order at 5:05pm.
COMMENTS FROM THE HOPKINTON SCHOOL BOARD AND ADMINISTRATION
Mr. Luneau stated the purpose of the meeting was to gathering public input on the purchase of a Handicap Accessible/Special Education School Bus for not more than $50,000. He stated that The Board would be voting on an action item at tonight’s school board meeting regarding the withdrawal of not more than $29,000 from the Replacing School District Vehicle Capital Reserve Fund.
Mr. Chamberlin gave overview of the discussion at the July 28 school board meeting regarding the purchase of a handicap accessible/special education school bus. He stated that during the last two years it has been difficult ensuring special education transportation. The current bus is not reliable and has two years of unstable history. Outsourcing was considered, but the bid process produced very little interest and was not cost prohibitive. The bus is six years old with 140,000 miles. Mr. Chamberlin stated that First Student Bus Contract Manager Alison Jones agrees that the bus is beyond its serviceable capacity.
$21,000 – ARRA funds
$29000 – Replacing School District Vehicles Capital Reserve Fund
Mr. Chamberlin passed out a memorandum outlining the history of the Hopkinton School District Replacing School District Vehicles Capital Reserve Fund and its balance to date.
Ms. Clark stated that this vehicle was gas vs. diesel.
The meeting adjourned at 5:21pm