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Oswego School Board OKs Additional Buses; New Website to Launch Next Fall

New website will come with a one-time cost of $37,418.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
The Oswego Community Unit School District 308 Board of Education at its April 14 meeting approved leasing 17 school buses, starting in the 2014-15 school year.

The move will more than double the size of District 308's fleet by adding 11 buses. Communications Director Brian Graves said the deal with Midwest Transit Equipment and Sovereign Leasing includes six replacement buses.

Director of Transportation Derrick Berlin said the additional buses will improve the efficiency of the district's transportation services.

"They will help us immensely in meeting the transportation needs of a growing district," Berlin said.

The buses are part of a five-year agreement with Midwest Transit Equipment lasting through 2019. According to Graves, the lease represents a $29,760 decrease from the projected five-year plan over the life of the lease.

New website

The school board also approved the launch of a new District 308 website next fall. 

Pennsylvania-based Schoolwires will design and launch the site next August, with a one-time startup cost of $37,418. Graves said that breaks down to $2.17 per student.

“We believe that Schoolwires is the best vendor to take the District into the future,” said Graves. “The firm offers an aesthetically pleasing design, as well as a system that will be easy to understand. We want a system that teachers, students, staff and parents will be able to easily utilize."

Nearby Plainfield School District 202 also recently unveiled a new website as part of efforts to improve communication as well as online security. District 202's new site, part of a $99,504 deal with site host Blackboard, will eventually allow each teacher to create his or her own personal page.
Monty Stillwater April 29, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Thank the good Lord above.... Oswego's website has got to be the worst!! BUT... if the teachers don't help keeping it up to date, it's really just a waste of money. My son goes to Thompson, trying to find any up to date information on their site is ridiculous. Also, too bad they couldn't find a local firm to do it.
Monty Stillwater April 29, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Actually - that statement isn't for all schools. If you go to the district website, schools like Plank and Traughber seem to keep things up to date. The other schools need to follow suit. Like mentioned above, if the schools don't participate on keeping up with the new website, it will be a waste of money. Especially since the current layout isn't bad - just not all the information up to date. Especially if you try to email the webmaster - you'll get a bad email address error.
Walt Hines April 29, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Exactly Monty. Amazing that not one firm in Illinois couldn't do the job. With all the technology that this district has they couldn't have kept this " in-house". Getting tired of hearing the excuses and I'm sure there are many. Nothing like outsourcing once again.
Mike Tait April 29, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Several thousand Oswego Math & Science students, most looking for Internships and they spend almost 38 grand out of state..... Priceless. They could have set up a simple college scholarship program and given a boost to many Oswego kids for far less.
Ruth F May 04, 2014 at 08:02 PM
I notice they are 91% eRate eligible. So out of that $37,000 up front cost, how much is being paid by erate?

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