Buckeye Local gets $800,000 leasing windfall

CONNORVILLE — Members of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education had a rare opportunity at this month’s meeting: deciding how best to make an $800,000 windfall generated by a leasing agreement be put to work for the direct benefit of the students in the district.

After a sometimes heated public discussion on the issue, the majority of the board voted to allow the funds to literally be put to work covering several sorely needed purchases, all of which will stand to have a direct impact on student safety and the quality of the day to day education they are receiving.

Basing their decision on recommendations from Superintendent Mark Miller and on several areas which have seen substantial increases without increased funding sources, the board voted to purchase three new full-size buses, two small transportation vans to increase opportunities to transport smaller numbers of students in a more cost effective manner, the technology compliment to complete the educational resources begun when new math and English, and toward worsening roof repair needs.

Approximately $3,000 was then earmarked for covering legal fees.

Board member Joe Zelek cast the single dissenting vote, noting he would have preferred to see the monies sit for a time while options were continuing to be reviewed.

The next meeting of the school board will be held on Oct. 25 at the district office in Dillonvale.

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