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Education

District 113A leasing buses with consolidated route

LEMONT – The District 113A Board of Education approved a new three-year lease agreement on its buses during its Wednesday meeting.

The lease is for 20 passenger buses and one wheelchair bus at the cost of $219,182 per year, with a savings of $17,009 from last year's lease.

The district also saved $10,639 by leasing one less bus and reducing the number of routes by one.

During the June 11 meeting, incoming Superintendent Courtney Orzel said the fifth grade move to River Valley School will balance out the bus routes and allow for one less route.

She said some routes could take longer with the change, but does not foresee any route being more than 40 minutes.

The board also approved transferring $225,000 from its Operations and Maintenance Fund to its Site and Construction Fund. The money was unspent from the 2013-14 school year and will be used for parking lot repairs at Old Quarry Middle School.

District Business Manager Barbara Germany said the district consulted with its attorney and the Illinois State Board of Education to make sure the transfer was appropriate.

"The reason for the Site and Construction Fund being set up was for this purpose – to move money unspent at the end of the year," she said.

The board will not meet again until July 23, when they are expected to have a preliminary fiscal year 2015 budget ready.

A public hearing on the budget has been scheduled for Sept. 17.

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Saying goodbye

Wednesday's meeting was the last official meeting for District 113A's Interim Superintendent Pamela Hollich. The district's new superintendent, Courtney Orzel, will officially start her job on July 1.

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