Gifford OKs bus purchase, plans for bus barn
GIFFORD — The school district continues to pay for items damaged or destroyed in last November's tornado.
At its meeting last week, the school board approved the purchase of a school bus. Soon, it is expected to approve a bid to build a new bus barn — replacing the one flattened by the Nov. 17 twister.
The 2004 bus replaces a 1994 model. Superintendent Rod Grimsley told the board he spoke with the previous owners before committing to the purchase.
The total price comes to $16,900, but the district will receive $2,500 from insurance and $1,400 from the scrap yard where the bus was taken. Total expense is $13,000. The bus was purchased from Midwest Bus Sales.
The board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday to award a contract to build the new bus barn. July 23 was the deadline for bids to be submitted.
BLDD was hired earlier to design the structure. The board asked for bids for a five-bay bus barn.
The previous bus barn had three bays, which meant one of the district's four buses and two vans had to remain outside. Grimsley said a five-bay bus barn would be large enough to house the two vans and the buses.
Things are starting to return to normal for the district.
Grimsley told the Rantoul Press if there are still children living outside the school district who were displaced by the tornado, the district will continue to transport them to school.
"All but one or two families had their plans for residency back in Gifford figured out before school ended in June," Grimsley said. "We are continuing to work with families to help them as much as possible.".