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Ubly schools extended bus lease_ and looks forward to Winter sports
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 07:56:48 EST
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When the wheels on a bus don't go round and round, school districts save money.
The Ubly School District's Board of Education approved a two year bus lease extension with Midwest Transit Equipment at the current rate.
"We extended our current lease of three busses at the cost of $13,900 per bus with 17,000 miles per year per bus," explained Superintendent Joe Candela.
"We will keep them longer because we did not put as many miles on them with the school's shutting down last year (due to the COVID-19 pandemic)."
And, on the subject of money, the General Fund balance sheet shows a cash balance of $1,443,423 with total General Fund Accounts Payable Accruals including payroll totaling $686,735.
Also, Candela had some comments about the sports season.
"After pausing for almost six weeks, both the girls' volleyball teams and the boys' football teams had the opportunity to finish their season. The girl's volleyball team had a great season before it came to an end in the quarter-finals, and the boys' football team made it all the way to Ford Field before losing in the final game," he said.
"As superintendent, I cannot say enough how proud I am of our student-athletes; after enduring a long pause and Covid-19 testing, nothing stopped our student-athletes from continuing to compete.
"They learned to persevere and to continue to fight through all the obstacles."
And, winter sports season is underway for both boys' and girls' basketball. Despite a shortened season, Candela says the teams will bounce back and be ready for districts in March.
Districts will be held in Ubly for both the girls and boys starting March 22 with both the girls and boys playing the same week with six straight games taking place.
The boy's championship game will be played on Saturday, March 27.
Also, Candela lauded how the students and staff have handled the dealing with the pandemic.
Students were finally able to finish up exams a few weeks ago because the school district had to shut down due to Covid-19 issues and the fact that we closed school due to the boy's football team playing in the state finals.
"Our students continued to show their grit, with some grade levels having quarantine, while others grade levels continued to come to school. Our students worked through all the various issues while still maintaining to work on their academics," he said. "Now that we are into the second semester with almost all students and staff back to work, we hope that our students will have a second semester that is consistent, but as I have said many times, expect us to continue to have some quarantines and perhaps a few more snow days."
In addition, the Ubly School District continues to support its students mentally as well as academically.
"Even though we have been through a tough first semester, watching our staff and students for the last seven months, I am confident and encouraged to finish the school year in person with our students enjoying many of the traditions that we have enjoyed in past years," said Candela.