North Salem Central School District secures new maintenance vehicle
The North Salem Central School District added a new vehicle to its facilities fleet – a Ford F550 truck that will be used for all-around maintenance. The district was able to offset some of the cost to purchase the truck with the help of a $50,000 state grant secured by New York State Senator Pete Harckham.
On Monday morning, Sen. Harckham stopped by the Middle School / High School to inspect the new vehicle alongside district administrators.
NSCSD Facilities and Transportation Director Dr. Joannes Sieverding said, “following the winter of 2021, we were forced to replace nearly all of our plow equipment at a time when COVID-19 came with so many unforeseen budgetary pressures. This Ford F550 will serve us well in so many ways, and we are extremely grateful for Senator Harckham's support.”
The new truck, which includes a heavy-duty frame and chassis designed specifically to carry big payloads and for towing capabilities, will be used at the district’s Pequenakonck Elementary School and the Middle School / High School. For the 2021-2022 school year, the District spent $2.1 million on facilities operations expenditures, which includes salaries, utilities and equipment.
North Salem CSD Board of Education president Deb D’Agostino said that the new truck allowed the district to replace obsolete equipment and made it possible for facilities staff to work in a safer and more efficient way.
The addition of the new vehicle comes as the District prepares to adopt the 2022-2023 budget. Sieverding has proposed a 5.78% increase in spending for facilities maintenance next year, an increase partly owing to the cost to replace vehicles retired from service.
The awarded grant funding was secured in 2021 within the State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM), which is among the grant programs administered by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to support community and economic development.
“The resources needed to provide our children with the quality education they deserve extend beyond the classroom to the school facilities and properties, which require constant upkeep,” said Harckham. “This new maintenance vehicle will help the school district in many ways, and so I was pleased to be able to help them attain state funding for its purchase, which will ease the burden on the local taxpayers as well.”