District 2 Trustees Consider Bus Purchase, Sale of Paintings

School bus purchases and a fund-raising sale of western paintings were discussed Monday night by Sheridan County School District 2 trustees.

Sale of the 10 paintings by artist Bill Gollings was recommended by the board's capital construction committee to raise funds for the planned fine arts enhancements at Sheridan High School. The paintings were purchased by Sheridan schools in the 1920s, and now belong to the school district.

During the meeting, President Tom Kinnison of the Whitney Benefits foundation told trustees that the foundation is interested in purchasing the paintings. The president said Whitney Benefits would pay for an appraisal of the works. He said the intent of the foundation is to display the paintings to the public in a “secured and climate-controlled venue” in Sheridan County. District 2 trustees voted to continue discussions.

Regarding the purchase of school buses, transportation director Steve Schlicting said the state education department had authorized the district to purchase four buses in the fall – two that would use propane, and the other two diesel fuel. He said the district had been approved to purchase the buses from Elder Equipment Leasing of Wyoming based in Casper, at a cost of just under $93,000 each for the propane buses, and $99,600 each for the diesel. He said the district already owns two propane buses and they are reliable, overall, but do not have the power of the diesel buses.

Also on Monday night, trustees accepted a recent audit report for fiscal year 2013-14 and approved appointments to its various committees.

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