Houston school board to buy 6 vehicles

PERRY -- The Houston County school board approved plans to purchase six new vehicles Tuesday.

At its regular meeting, the board unanimously agreed to buy three 2015 Ford F-250 trucks and three 2015 Ford Transit 350 cargo vans. Board member Bryan Upshaw said the fleet will cost a total of $151,170.

The board also agreed to apply to spend more than $1 million on capital improvements planned for fiscal 2016. Board member Jim Maddox said the money will be used to replace the roof as well as a cooler and freezer at Houston County High School.

Also, the board will apply to become a Distinguished Board of the Georgia School Board Association.

“When you look at the qualifications for that, one of them that really sticks out is how much training the members of this board have to go through in order for that to even be able to start,” board member Skip Dawkins said. “It’s more than the required hours. ... That’s the sacrifice we’re willing to make to make sure that we maintain the quality of choices that we make as far as board members are concerned. Also, it makes this board stand out a little bit clearer than a lot of boards throughout the state.”