Despite once-rising fuel costs, Delaware City Schools saved more than $61,000 in fuel costs during the 2007-08 school year.

Despite once-rising fuel costs, Delaware City Schools saved more than $61,000 in fuel costs during the 2007-08 school year.

Facilities director Larry Davis told the school board Monday those savings were a result of joining the Metropolitan Educational Council's natural gas consortium.

The money saved through the MEC program is being put toward the purchase of two new school buses, which the board approved later in the meeting. The two buses, being purchased from Cardinal Bus Sales & Service Inc., will cost the district $174,048. This does not include cameras and radios, which will be retrofitted on each vehicle.

Also at the meeting:

Both the Hayes High School football and soccer teams were recognized for their accomplishments this year, as was the Hayes marching band.

Also recognized was Willis Intermediate teacher Stephanie Buckingham, who was honored as Teacher of the Year by Wal-Mart. Buckingham received a $1,000 check, which she said will be used for the purchase of a classroom "smart board."

The board accepted $825 from Ohio Wesleyan University Mortar Board, a senior honorary. The gift will be split between Conger and Woodward elementary schools and used to buy books.