Northwest Local accepted delivery of four new seventy-seven passenger buses on August 20, 2018. The buses were purchased using federal grant funds that our late transportation coordinator, Ray Gesaman pursued for the district.
Mr. Gesaman began the application process in the spring of 2016. The district partnered with two other districts to write this grant. The district was awarded the grant but funds were indefinitely placed on hold in the spring of 2017. We were notified in the spring of 2018 that the grant funds would be released and the district would receive the buses for the start of the 2018-19 school year.
The grant requirements included a provision that the district contributing funds towards the purchased of the buses. Grant funds were used to cover $232,999.20 of the costs and the district contributed $104,632.80. The four new buses have been inspected, licensed, and are used daily to transport Northwest students.
Ray's heart was always with the Northwest community. He was determined to obtain this grant for the district. We know that he would have taken great pride in seeing these new buses roll-out everyday to transport our students.
If community members have questions regarding the bus grant please contact the Dan Levengood, Northwest treasurer at (330) 854-6397.