By MORGAN MANNS
Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools Board of Education traded in two of its old buses and bought a new one during its regular meeting Wednesday evening.
The bid, from Cardinal bus, has a subtotal of $94,356. The school will trade in two of their current buses, which are out-of-service, to make a net cost of $89,856.
“These two buses would need some extensive repair to be back in service,” said Superintendent Nichole Jiran. “We want the safest vehicles on the roads and with this new bus we feel our students will be safe.”
Features of the new bus include rear suspension, two undercarriage luggage compartments, LED lights, front electronic adjustable mirror, a high-tech camera system, and a Kenwood radio that allows the driver to engage in two-way communication with safety personnel, such as police departments, sheriff’s offices, and fire departments.
A contract with Cut Right Lawn was also approved, allowing them to provide mowing services to the district in 2014. Cost is set at $13 per acre.
Jiran said the district will have roughly 25-30 acres of grass in 2014, given the weather cooperates and it quits snowing.
The board approved an agreement with the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The agreement, which will last from July 1, 2014 for June 30, 2015, allows for special needs students in Hopewell-Loudon school district to attend Seneca County School of Opportunity, where they are provided with services relative to their specific needs.
Jiran said three students from the area will attend the school in the 2014-2015 school year.
The board also approved the renewal of the contract for comprehensive membership with Northwest Ohio Education Technology for the 2014-2015 school year.
This yearly membership provides the school with loaned technology, such as laptops and projectors, and video streaming.
“We basically get unlimited media services,” Jiran said. “It’s a way to improve classroom instruction and student development.”
The contract renewal is set at $2,164.95, which Jiran said is slightly more than last year’s price due to an increase in student enrollment.
Also during the meeting, board members discussed the policy and procedures allowing community members and community groups to rent the Chieftain Gym. The gym, located across from the new school building where the old school building used to be, will be open by the end of March, according to Jiran.
“We just received occupancy and heat in the gym,” she said. “We’re hoping to get it opened up so the community can use the facility.”
The gym will be available for groups to use for various occasions at a fee.
The Academic Boosters is selling gift cards to various local stores and restaurants through their Scrip Program, Jiran said. The program will allow the boosters to receive a profit from the purchase of these gift cards. Proceeds will go towards different ways to reward and recognize students and staff.
In other business, the board approved the following personnel appointments: the amendment of Deb Weaver’s position from junior high boys track to junior high girls track; Tamara Hurst as substitute classified employee; and unpaid volunteers, Andrew Hunker for baseball, and Tamara Hurst, Elaine McCoy, and William Berg for elementary.
The next board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 9 in the school’s conference room.