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Norwin School District buys new trucks, tractor

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Norwin School District is getting three new vehicles to replace two trucks and a tractor that no longer are worth fixing.

The school board last week agreed to spend nearly $79,000 for a new pickup, a full-size van outfitted for plowing and a tractor.

The new pickup — a Ford F-350 that will cost $33,676 — will take over for a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup with 207,000 miles that primarily was used at the high school stadium, according to Walter Lehman, the district's director of facilities and property services.

“We pulled that truck off the road about six months ago for safety reasons,” he said.

“It's mechanically beyond repair and was frequently parked outside, so it's pretty rough.”

The district also is replacing a 1996 Ford F-250 that, although still is being used, won't pass state inspection without a significant amount of work, Lehman said.

That vehicle — which mainly was used to plow snow — logged about 120,000 miles.

“It was exposed to a lot of road salt that caused it to rust out,” Lehman said.

“And it was pushed hard for plowing, so it's pretty well hammered.”

That vehicle will be replaced with a full-size Ford utility van at a cost of $27,849, which includes a new plowing system and a utility box.

The lowest bids to replace both trucks came from Kenny Ross in North Huntingdon, which gave the district a $500 trade-in allowance for each vehicle.

The district also is replacing a Kubota tractor that is more than 15 years old.

It was used for cutting grass, landscaping and snow removal throughout the district.

The new tractor being purchased from Krigger & Co. in West Deer is a $23,344 Ventrac.

Because no trade-in allowance was offered for the new vehicle, the district likely will put its old tractor up for sale, Lehman said.

“I think we've squeezed every bit of life plus some out of these vehicles,” he said.

“We're at the point where there's no value in trying to keep them going.”

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2360, or at tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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