Stadium, Westwood out as options for Wellington school bus parking

By Kelsey Leyva -

Storing buses at the football stadium on Dickson Street might not be an option for Wellington Schools after all.

At last Tuesday’s board of education meeting, superintendent Dennis Mock informed the board that the stadium is zoned as a residential area, meaning a zoning change would be needed to house the district’s 13 school buses and one van.

The same dilemma arises with bus parking at Westwood Elementary School.

Mock told the Enterprise back in August the buses would be moved to the elementary school sometime next summer for permanent storage — also not an option now because of zoning.

An exception might be made if the district can get a variance from the village.

“We really want to know what our options are with these two facilities first and then decide on a best option for us,” Mock said.

The only property the district owns that is zoned properly is the high school.

Mock said he isn’t sure where they’d go but moving the buses to Wellington High School shouldn’t cost more than it would to store them at the stadium or elementary school. Fencing and electricity would need to be installed at any of the three locations.

Diesel vehicles need to be plugged into an electrical outlet in the colder months in order to start. When temperatures drop, the oil gets too thick to run smoothly through the engine and must be heated.

Installing electric and fencing was estimated to cost between $6,000 and $10,000.

The bids for the demolition of the old McCormick Middle School were due last week and Mock said he should have a good idea of who’s tearing down it down and when by Friday.

“We assume we’ll have to have them out at least by the beginning of the new year, if not sooner,” he said.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

By Kelsey Leyva