School board looks to sell surplus vehicles

NEW CUMBERLAND – Fresh from the sale of two surplus football stadiums, the Hancock County Board of Education now wants to sell some surplus vehicles.

“These are blue-light specials,” Superintendent Suzan Smith said at Monday’s board meeting. “Some of these have many miles on them.”

The board wants to sell two 71-passenger school buses, two smaller buses, a dump truck and three vans. They include three 1999 Freightliner buses, a 2000 model, a Ford 3200 dump truck, a Ford E-350 van and a Ford E-250 van.

Mark Dziatkowicz, district facilities director, said a previous attempt to sell the dump truck was unsuccessful because the buyer, from New York, never arrived to pick it up.

Smith said the trucks will be advertised in the newspaper and sold to the highest bidder. “We no longer need them,” she said, noting the school district tries to buy four new school buses a year.

Also Monday, the board:

Approved a bid of $5,000 for the purchase of a 42-foot flatbed trailer for the district’s new commercial driver’s license program. The CDL program, which is for adults, was launched in October at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center. The trailer is being sold by an individual, Smith said.

Entered into an agreement with Brooke County Schools to supply meals for the new Middle College program at the Weirton campus of West Virginia Northern Community College. Middle College is for at-risk high school students who need more individual attention to help them graduate.

Qualifying students, including 11 from Hancock County, will be bused to the Weirton campus on a daily basis starting later this month. Hancock County Schools will provide cold meals such as submarine sandwiches, chef’s salads and wraps, said Nancy Karavolos, director of nutrition.

Entered into an agreement with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services to help special-needs students with job-related services.

Learned Del. Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, will serve on a work group recently appointed by House Speaker Rick Thompson. The bipartisan panel will look into the governor’s education efficiency audit and report back to the Legislature.

Approved the use of Oak Glen Middle School and Weir Middle School for the 2013 Energy Express program, which will be held during the summer months beginning June. 13.