At a virtual meeting Monday,Bronson Community Schools Board of Education approved a two-year bid from Chad Lindsey of Legendary Diesel in Three Rivers for a bus-maintenance contract.

It was the low bid, coming in at $79,675 for year one and $78,650 for year two.

The high bid from longtime bus mechanic Larry McConn of Economy Garage in Bronson was $84,478 and $86,083 for the two years.

A two-year savings of more than $12,000 and the advanced technology offered by Legendary Diesel tipped the scale in favor of the new company.

“It was a very difficult decision,” said Jan Byler, board president. “Larry has served the district well.”

The board also accepted the resignation of Ed Dickenson, principal at Ryan Elementary. Dickenson is moving to a new opportunity after one year with the school district.

A tentative 2020-21 school calendar also was approved by the board, with a start date of Aug. 24 with the last day of the school year June 4, 2021.

Other news from the meeting:


Organizers of  Bronson Polish Festival are proceeding as planned and the board approved the use of school grounds for antique garden tractors. There will be no Polish Festival fireworks this year, so the committee did not request the use of the athletic fields, said superintendent Steve Wilson.
Various board members contemplated how next school year will unfold and what funding to expect. Rachelle Roby, business manager, said several times officials are awaiting guidance from the state. There  still are more questions than answers.
Wilson has been working with the technology department, Robin Kiomento and Angie Aldrich, toward enhancing the district's capabilities for both this year and next.
Several positions will be posted — principal for Ryan Elementary, and a technology position as Kiomento has announced her retirement. Expecting a need for additional counselors once school resumes, Wilson said officials also are considering another person for that position.
Looking toward the 2020-21 school budget, Wilson said he and Roby are planning for a $500 decrease per pupil, based on figures they’ve heard at statewide meetings.