Superintendent to try out new tractor

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 10:06 AM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 11:23 PM
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Richmond County school Superintendent Dana Bedden will roll up his sleeves and mount a tractor Wednesday to demonstrate one way the school system hopes to save money.

The new Kubota M7040 tractors are enclosed and have air conditioning, making it possible for maintenance employees to work longer and take fewer breaks, according to the school system.

The enclosed environment should also reduce the number of employees who get sick and file workers’ comp claims because of the dust kicked up by the tractors.

The new tractors have 70-horsepower engines and 15-foot-wide cutting implements. One person on the tractor and new implement will cut four times the grass as before. In comparison, the previous method involved two people on two lawn tractors.

The school system will continue to use the smaller lawn tractors for trimming and in tight areas.

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dr. Bedden will make a few passes on the football field at Lucy C. Laney High School’s stadium.

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TrukinRanger 07/14/09 - 11:37 am
Cool.. an air conditioned

Cool.. an air conditioned roadside break room

jackfruitpaper833 07/14/09 - 01:42 pm
Yeah but what is he going to

Yeah but what is he going to do about EVERY high school in Richmond County is on the "Did Not Meet AYP" for 2009? The only two schools to make it was of course Davidson and Johnson. This is his third year something has to be done.

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