With first day just around the corner, School Board discusses transportation

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the new school year is set to begin on Tuesday, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board had some questions regarding transportation at Wednesday's school board meeting.

The board approved a motion for STA/Krise Bus Company's list of bus drivers and substitute drivers, the list of buses for the Punxsutawney terminal, the list of home buses and the list of vehicles to be used as spare vehicles, if needed.

The board approved same list for Tri-County Transportation.

Bob Pascuzzo, board member, asked Cheryl Repik, district transportation director, what the age limits are on school buses.

Repik said a bus that is used on regular runs can be no older than 10 years, while spare buses can be over 10 years of age.

"Our regular large buses are 1 through 43, mini-buses are 47 through 56, and vans are 60 through 69," Repik said.

The board also approved the list of new bus stops for incoming kindergarten students, sixth-graders moving to secondary buses, students who have moved and new students to the district.

Jack White, board member, asked if Krise had purchased any buses that run on natural gas.

Repik said as of now it hadn't but it was looking to purchase a van at first.

Also, at Wednesday's meeting, the board:

• Approved an Accountability Block Grant for the 2012-13 school year in the amount of $196,347.

• Approved purchase orders paid for with Title I Funds:

• Scholastic Inc. — accelerated reader books — $14,047.92

• Pearson Learning Group — ready reader books — $36,579.51

• Approved a proposal from Peoples TWP LLC Gas Company for the purchase of natural gas.

Susan H. Robertson, district business manager, said it is a two-year fixed rate and is lower than what the district is currently paying.

• Approved the Wachovia Muni Bond derivative settlement.

Robertson said the district's share is $21,000, as it was approved by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

• Approved the substitute lists for 2012-13.

• Approved the hiring of Dillon Gray and Jordan Travis as lifeguards at the middle school pool.

• Approved the hiring of Karen Drozd as a fifth-grade teacher at Bachelor Step One.

• Accepted the resignation of Kayla Snyder, fifth-grade teacher, effective Aug. 22.

• Approved a request from WPXZ Radio and Kuntz Motors to hold a tailgate party at home football games.

• Approved Dana Hartman as a volunteer cheerleading coach.