By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - At the June meeting of the Shenandoah Valley School Board on June 27, the district applied for a grant and loan through the USDA to replace a minibus and acquire a new utility vehicle.
"We have a minibus that's nearing the end of its run. It's a 2008," said district business manager Anthony Demalis after the meeting. "We need to replace that at some point."
The district is applying for a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture for about $40,600, and a loan of about $33,000, according to Demalis, for the minibus replacement and utility vehicle.
The utility vehicle, if able to be acquired, would be a new vehicle for the district, to be used for general tasks.
Demalis noted that the district isn't guaranteed to receive the grant, and plans could change.
In other business, the district approved general supply bids for the 2018-2019 school year.
For gasoline and diesel, Central Highway Oil Co., of Frackville, was the low bidder, at $2.342 per gallon, escalating, and $2.55 per gallon non-escalating, respectively. Central Highway was also the low bidder for heating oil, at the same price as diesel fuel.
For motor oil, Jack Rich was the low bidder at $8.34 per gallon, non-escalating.
For coal and hauling, Gazdich Supply of Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, was the low bidder, at a price of $142.64 per ton, non-escalating.
For propane, Koppy's Propane, of Williamstown, Dauphin County, was low bidder at $1.345 per gallon, non-escalating.
Waste Management submitted the low bid for trash collection and recycling at $11,818.98 per year for three years.
County Security was also retained as the security provider for the district, at a cost of $17.50 per hour.
In other business, the school board: