In Aug. 6 Issue
Dealing with the last minute details the Russell County School board put it's food down when it came to fuel.
A meeting was called July 31st to address the lack of fuel pumps, and the vendor was given until Monday to fulfill their bid obligations
Superintendent Scott Pierce said the previous fuel supplier had lost the contract, since they were not the low bidder, and had removed their diesel and gasoline pumps from the district's tanks.
He said the winning bidder had been told that day that they needed to install the new pumps, and weeks later the district still had no way to fuel their vehicles.
He said the new fuel supplier's president had called him and assured him that the new pumps would be in the Monday, but given previous promises Pierce indicated he was unsure whether that would be the case.
"School starts Wednesday and we don't have any pumps to fill the busses with," Pierce said last week.
Opinions were varied among the board members regarding whether to keep the new supplier or return to the old, and eventually it was resolved that the board would recess their special called meeting until Monday noon to see if the new supplier would fulfill their contract or if the old bidder would return to serving the district.
Pierce told the board Monday that the contractor had delivered pumps, though one was not working properly, and they held to the new contract.
The board also approved a change to the policy on lifeguards at the new swimming pool.
The lower age limit was reduced from 18 to 16-years-old.