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Bus barn cost too steep

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 11:40 a.m. CDT

From Jim Stalker


Nine hundred six thousand for a bus barn that only had a few sheets of tin blown off and maybe a post broken by the tornado, seems a bit steep for it could have cost if the previous administration had been in a “repair if possible” mode instead of a “replace to new” mode.

Taking a step backwards, the AEA’s offer to trade their flattened space for space at the old middle school was a smart move on their part. Of course, we took the trade and now the AEA has invested quite a bit at their new location and given a longer lasting future for the old middle school. Meanwhile, Creston’s plan folded when the city stepped in to impose extra steps that had to be taken to facilitate an already cramped lot into a bus barn.

That brings us up to today. The present administration, after all the extra steps were added, special concrete, in-ground heating, and I can’t remember all the little extras, really has no latitude to make changes, especially less expensive changes. Rules and regulations always cripple us but in the end, it will all work out.

From the tragedy the tornado brought, thankfully there was no loss of life. The AEA has a practically new building, two new tornado rooms that will likely become another gymnasium and extra classrooms funded through state and federal sources, plus a brand new track that the tornado swooped down to destroy.

And now finally, we will have a new state-of-the-art bus barn for our drivers, after suffering through the last two years in the cold, trying to get the buses started and warmed up for the kids. They deserve it! It will be paid for by insurance and the districts physical plant and equipment levy fund, which is another kind of tax.

There is but one item left. Does anyone have a use for an empty slab of concrete with ample parking around it?

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