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Warren BOE launches Here Comes the Bus app

VINCENT — An app which gives real time alerts on school bus arrivals went live this week, according to Warren Local Superintendent Kyle Newton.

The app, called “Here Comes the Bus,” provides parents with a live lookup of their child’s school bus location, as well as custom targeted messages through email or push notifications on two-hour delays, issues affecting the entire school bus fleet, single bus issues, district-wide announcements and single school announcements.

Brad Maston, transportation director, noted parents can download the app or visit herecomesthebus.com, click sign up, enter the school code of 29426, complete the user profile box, add their child’s name and student ID number to access the location of their school bus.

School building updates

¯ Work on the high school is moving rapidly, Newton said. There is drywall in the main corridor and heat and temperature control can be used as needed.

“The main masonry is almost done,” he added.

¯ The middle school project is out for bid, with construction scheduled to start Feb. 1.

Newton said 38 contractors attended the pre-bid meeting.

“This was the best pre-bid meeting we’ve had on the project,” he noted.

The electrical service upgrade will be done during spring break, with the food service renovation to start in April.

Substantial completion of the renovation is scheduled for Aug. 1 with substantial completion of the new addition by Oct.1, 2021.

Newton said they will be able to start the new basketball season next year in the new building.

¯ The athletic stadium including the track, synthetic athletic field, lights, away bleachers, throwing area, concession and restroom building and concourse, is under design.

Board member Debbie Proctor said having the new track would be great for regional track meets.

¯ The north end of the campus is under design. Newton said the first design of the parking lot shows 250 parking spots on the north lot. This part of the project includes demolition of four buildings and the rough in and abatement of two other buildings.

In other board news:

¯ Melcie Wells, district treasurer, said 241 Chromebooks with cellular service will be purchased from a Broadband Connectivity Grant at a cost of $142,085. The Chromebooks will be available “for any child who needs it,” she said.

“Chromebooks are really hard to get right now, as you can imagine,” Wells added.

Approval was given for the purchase of 480 Chromebooks for the high school at a cost of $149,410. They will be paid for by an Equity of Each State Grant.

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