MONTPELIER — The Montpelier School Board approved spending almost $600,000 to purchase vehicles and equipment — including security equipment, two 72-passenger busses, a cargo van and passenger, a 4x4 F350 pickup and snow plow blade — at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
The purchases will come from the district’s general fund and the total cost will be offset by some vehicle rebates and trade-ins, district Superintendent Jamie Grime said.
The vote was 4-1, with board member Kimberly Friend opposed. Friend initially said she opposed purchase of two John Deere utility vehicles and one John Deere mower and snow plow blade only, but was advised that the motion was to purchase all equipment as a package, leading to her no-vote.
Board member Nate Rose had opposed purchase of two busses at the March board meeting, saying he questioned the “large expense” for the two buses, and also said that before he could lend his support, he wanted “more details” about the purchase than he was provided.
But Tuesday, Rose voted in favor of the package purchase, saying he had examined the purchases prior to the meeting, “and I’m all for it at this time. I think it’s something we need. I’m all for the two busses.”
Rose did cast the single no-vote to oppose a separate request from Grime to secure the architectural services of Montpelier architect Chris Kannel for 10 percent of the estimated $175,000 cost ($17,500) to build a maintenance/storage shed and greenhouse at the K-12 building campus.
In other action Tuesday, the board:
• Heard a legislative update from board member Keith Clinger;
• Heard from Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer Carla Rice that she would have the district’s five-year forecast ready to approve at the October meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.
• Went into closed, executive session under Ohio Revised Code 121.22 (G) (1), to discuss personnel issues. No action was taken after the board returned to open session.