The Sag Harbor School Board on Monday night signed off on placing a proposition on the spring ballot asking voters to approve up to $575,000 to buy six new school buses. The district Director of Business Operations Janet Verneuille has said the move would save the district about $1 million over 10 years.
The purchase of the new buses would allow the district to provide more of its transportation services in-house at a lower cost and reduce its reliance on outside busing contractors. Next school year, in 2013-2014, total projected annual transportation costs are $735,000 with the new buses and $780,000 without, according to district officials. By 2018-2019, the total cost with the purchase of new buses would be $777,178, as compared to $946,695 without the purchase, they said. The new buses are expected to be paid off by the 2017-18 school year.
Mascot Search Planned
The mascot of the Sag Harbor schools is the whaler, a throwback to the village’s whaling days, but the logo is the whale. The question is, which whale?
The School Board on Monday noted an inconsistency in the whale logos used throughout the district and embarked on a mission to find the right whale. Early consensus pointed toward the whale that is displayed in the Pierson gymnasium.
Board member Chris Tice pointed out that logo consistency is important, otherwise it becomes meaningless. Her daughters’ school soccer uniforms, for example, have a crest on them, no whale. “We need to have something that has legs,” she said “Even though a whale doesn’t have legs.”