Southwest forced to make repairs

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Unexpected issues prove to be stressful for school district

The Southwest school district is making some repairs and changes after having issues with a bus that was bought brand new, and an accident on the property that caused damage to a fire hydrant.

Tosha Tilford, Southwest school superintendent, said bus No. 9 was purchased from Midwest Transit Equipment in Nixa.

“We purchased the bus new in August 2017,” Tilford said. “It has had problems since it was delivered.”

Tilford said the bus has been back and forth several times over the last two school years with an assortment of issues. 

“Right now, the district is wanting a new bus because we feel we purchased a ‘Lemon’ in the first place,” Tilford said. “However, there are no official plans for that to happen at this time.”

According to Tilford, at this point, all the costs have been under warranty, and she hopes the issue is resolved prior to the warranty expiring.

Also, a fire hydrant on the property has been damaged and is undergoing repairs.

“We had a parent who accidentally ran over the barricade around the hydrant and the hydrant itself,” Tilford said. “At this point, I do not know the final cost.”

According to Tilford, the barricade is the responsibility of the school while the hydrant is the responsibility of the city.

“The Southwest maintenance department is currently rebuilding the barricade,” Tilford said. “The fire hydrant is already repaired.”

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