By BRIAN BOHNERT
FOR THE COURIER
FOSTORIA — Fostoria City Schools will soon be adding a new school bus to its fleet.
The board of education approved the purchase of a 77-passenger bus Monday night, authorizing Treasurer Norm Elchert to accept an $80,296 bid from Canfield-based Myers Equipment Corp.
The vote came just three days before the start of the 2014-15 school year in Fostoria.
Superintendent Andrew Sprang said the new bus should arrive sometime in the next couple of weeks, replacing one of the older models, giving the district a total of 19 buses.
Separately, Sprang said a district-wide open house will take place tonight. Those sending their children to either Longfellow or Riley elementary schools will have an opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., while anyone heading to Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School or Fostoria Junior/Senior High School can drop by between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sprang said all buildings will operate on different schedules this year. Classes at Longfellow will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while students at Riley will arrive at 9:15 a.m. and leave at 3:45 p.m. The school day at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., and students in grades 7-12 will occupy Fostoria Junior/Senior High School from 7:25 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
“We’re trying to stretch them out a little bit this year because we want to give families as much time as we can,” Sprang said. “Many of our families have to travel to two or three (school) buildings.
During his report, Elchert said the district saved more than $36,000 in expenses for July 2014 compared to this time last year.
“We’re headed in the right direction, and we’re going to continue to watch every (purchase order) coming across there so we’re making efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars,” Elchert said.
Fostoria school board will next meet Sept. 8 in Fostoria Junior/Senior High School for a work session/board meeting.