by Jonathan Weaver
A former East Franklin Township police car is now in the hands of a local school.
In October, township supervisors agreed to donate the 2006 Ford Crown Victoria to Lenape Technical School in Manor Township, but due to scheduling, it wasn’t until last month that Lenape Tech Joint Operating Committee members could approve of that donation – which they unanimously did.
The vehicle is to help educate Law Enforcement Information Technology students, Administrative Director Karen Brock said.
“(Township supervisors) are leaving this equipped for the kids – that is very nice,” Brock said. “We’re ecstatic, because the one we have is very old and because they changed the program of study and NOCTI exam to where (students) actually have to use a cruiser as part of their assessment. So, when enrollment is large for seniors, having two cruisers allow us to get more students done at one time.”
The vehicle – which police officers drove more than 102,800 miles – will not be driven from Lenape Tech’s property.
Township supervisors started receiving bids on the vehicle at the beginning of August, with a minimum bid of $1,000, after a 2016 Ford Explorer was received August 1.
But, only one bid of $600 was received by the end of September, so supervisors decided to donate the Ford Crown Victoria following the school’s interest.
As well as receiving the police cruiser, Joint Operating Committee members from Apollo-Ridge, Armstrong, Freeport and Leechburg school boards approved the purchase of a 2017 GMC Acadia seven passenger van from Walker Motor Company in Kittanning.
Brock explained the frame to Lenape Tech’s former van, which was 15 years old and used to transport students to community service projects, was “completely rusted.”
The new $30,000 van will be purchased via the state cooperative purchasing program, COSTARS, utilizing supplemental equipment grant funds plus available matching funds that were budgeted this school year.