Wheaton to build new bus barn facility

Thursday, December 18, 2008

On Nov. 20, the Wheaton R-III School Board voted to submit an offer for the purchase of property that would be used to relocate the district's bus barn.

"We are out of land where the bus barn is located at now," said Superintendent Joe Layton. "We could move the building and put it on land that is located east of the baseball field, but that would not be as convenient as we would like."

The current bus barn is located east of the district's new vocational education facility. If the bus barn is moved to a new location, an agriculture greenhouse will be constructed on the property where the bus barn is now located.

"Right now, we can put six buses in our bus barn," said Layton. "We have two sitting outside. The new facility would be large enough to house all the buses. We also want to have room for two extra bays were buses can be worked on and an office for our transportation director."

The location of the property where the new bus barn could be constructed will not be released until real estate negotiations have been completed. If an agreement is reached and approved by the school board, the project will be financed by capital improvement funds, said Layton.

In other business, the Wheaton R-III School Board:

* Rejected a bid for the construction of a greenhouse facility.

* Voted to hire an additional agriculture teacher for the 2009-10 school year.

* Accepted the senior class proposal for a graduation trip to Florida.

*Voted to seek sealed bids for the removal of the old agriculture building.

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