MSAD 35 to buy buses, laptops
Town updated on construction, traffic, storage
By Mark Pechenik
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — School Administrative District 35 board members approved the expenditure of up to $630,563 for the lease purchase of six school buses and 450 laptop computers at its July 16 meeting.
The funding, which was included in the district’s budget for the 2014-2015 academic year, was designated for new laptop purchases to replace outdated computers currently being used by students and teachers.
In addition, the planned new school buses will replace an aging fleet that cost the district $25,000 in unanticipated repairs during the past school year.
In other business
Superintendent Mary C. Nash indicated that the district is cooperating on plans to build senior housing in downtown South Berwick.
Noting that Central School abuts property designated for the housing project, Nash said that “we are discussing several easements necessary for construction” with both the Town of South Berwick and Avesta Housing, the project’s developer.
“Construction is set to begin in early November and will continue throughout the school year,” Nash said. “We are working to make sure that there will be a seamless flow of traffic around Central School during this period.”
Nash also informed board members that plans for traffic improvements at the intersection of Vine Street, Academy Street and Route 236 in South Berwick “are all going well.”
“Many of the design changes requested of the Maine DOT (Department of Transportation) have been accepted,” Nash said.
She said “we are looking at easements along the grassy strip bordering Route 236” to make it easier to have 15 mph speed limit signs placed in front of Great Works School as part of the MDOT project.
“We are very much looking forward to the (traffic) improvements,” Nash said.
The board approved member Laura Leber’s proposal to lock in a price of $3.10 per gallon of heating oil for schools and offices. The district had originally budgeted for oil at $3.50 per gallon.
Nash also reported that efforts are under way to find a new location to house district school buses and vans. This is necessary, she said, because the current lease for vehicle storage will not be renewed after its expiration in 2016.