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The Palmyra R-I Board of Education purchased a new school bus and adopted a travel policy during their meeting last week.
They also made changes to two policies and hired three individuals for positions.
Brian Wosman presented the board a report on the transportation department, noting the district currently runs 10 daily bus routes and three early childhood routes.
Palmyra R-I has a rider count of 420 students, and a total bus capacity of 678 on those routes. Buses run approximately 520 miles per day, Wosman said.
He also noted the district has become a training site for anyone interested in getting their bus license. Those who are will do the classroom work online and taking the driving course at the school.
In a related matter, the board also voted to purchase a 65 passenger Thomas bus for the low bid of $135,898.00 from Midwest Bus Sales.
In other business, sponsors traveling overnight to approved events will have their accommodations paid for under a new policy adopted by board.
Under the board approved guidelines for CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) and group/club overnight sponsor travel, the district will pay for overnight accommodations and meals for sponsors when students qualify for state or national contests that have been pre-approved, according to Superintendent Jason Harper.
The board also approved a language change in the district facility use agreement.
The change allows for nonschool groups using school facilities to either pay a custodian to work their event or pay a deposit and take responsibility for cleaning the facilities themselves.
“This was just a slight language change that would not require custodians to work weekends through the school district after working a 40 hour week,” Harper said. “Rather, it would allow non-school groups to pay the custodians as independent agents if the custodians chose to work a weekend event for them.”
He added, there have not been any major issues with the current situation, and the change is just some clarifying language.
The board learned Palmyra High School had adjusted their tobacco policy.
Under the change, students in possession of, or using any type of nicotine product, device, or paraphernalia at school can be suspended.
The COVID Re-Entry Plan was re-approved by the board.
“This is the last time the plan will have to be approved,” Harper said. “There were no changes to the plan.”
The board also hired three individuals to fill positions, including Gerre Feigenspan, groundskeeper; Meredith Masters, middle school ELA teacher; and Makayla Vigil, football cheerleader sponsor, who is taking the place of Destiny Kizer, who turned in her resignation as football cheerleader sponsor.
In addition, the board accepted the resignation of Ron Raney, groundskeeper.
Changes to the substitute teaching list were also approved
The board heard reports from the building principals and reviewed items from the board retreat that was held on Dec. 2.
It was noted the CEO students were scheduled to speak, but they had a scheduling conflict and will return in March.