Vernon school district to replace five buses

Once school buses reach 325,000 kilometre mark, or 12-year-old, they must be replaced

Safety is always at the forefront, so once they hit the 325,000 kilometre mark or are at least 12 years old, school buses in the Vernon School District are replaced.

The mini bus is replaced once it is at least 10 years old with at least 250,000 km.

The district currently has five buses set to be replaced.

As the 72-passenger bus is no longer available, the district has requested the 76-passenger bus.

At this month’s district board meeting, trustees approved the bus replacement, as part of the 2013-14 Capital Plan submission to the Ministry of Education.

Principals on move

District principals are on the move this month.

Tracy Godfrey moves from Coldstream elementary to Silver Star elementary school, while Brian Stevens leaves BX for Coldstream.

Tyler Galenzoski will transfer from Lavington to BX, Colleen Harvie leaves her vice-principal post at Okanagan Landing and moves to Lavington as principal.

“The transfers are part of the regular admin changes, planning for the future and to fill the principal vacancy at Silver Star elementary,” said district superintendent Joe Rogers.

Hoping for renos

Before renovations can begin at the board office, there are still a number of steps that need to be taken.

Trustees have authorized administration to perform an analysis of the space, work flow and storage requirements of the education centre location and develop a new set of concept drawings for board discussion and approval prior to final authorization to proceed with the project.

“We don’t have a figure yet as to cost, but it will probably be in the $20,000 range,” said secretary-treasurer Lewis Hill.