KILLBUCK -- After inspecting the fleet and seeing the need, the West Holmes School Board approved the purchase of three new school buses, two from Cardinal Bus Sales at $82,457 per unit and the third a handicap accessible bus for $89,733.
"This handicap bus is a little bit different from what we've had before," Superintendent Bill Sterling said. "It's basically a full-size bus, and you can adjust the amount of handicap access that you need for it. It will make it a lot more versatile for us, especially on field trips, where if we have a handicapped student, we can also take a whole class in the bus, instead of individual situations. I think it will be better for the students and I think it will be more economical for the district."
"We've cut down routes, but we still cover a lot of miles," transportation coordinator Dave Slutz said. "We're running pretty lean and mean right now.
"We've got six buses right now that are basically decommissioned," Slutz added. "Rust is an issue. We've stripped off what we could strip off and these units will be sold this spring."
Slutz said the transportation committee meeting was productive, as board members saw the conditions and the needs.
"Other things we talked about are the turnaround is breaking down often and the need for computer diagnostics," he said.
In other business, the board accepted the resignations of seven staff members, four of them due to retirement.
Phyllis Zimmerman will retire at the end of March, while Lori Kowatch, Rachel Day and Cheryl Rawson will all retire at the end of the school year.
Athletic Director Lee Ann Race has resigned, effective the end of her 2016-17 contract, and Joshua Davis resigns at the end of the school year.
Supplemental contracts were issued for spring sports. Ty Harris will be head track coach, and Andy Spencer will be head middle school boys coach, Cooper Charlton assistant, and Gretchen Acker will be head girls coach with Bud Yoder assistant. Eric Goudy, Mike Molnar and Michael Ewing are assistant varisty coaches, and Pete Norman, Bill Kohl and Rich Patterson are volunteer coaches.
Bill Pim will be the varsity baseball coach, with Adam Campbell and Darryl Woods splitting the stipend for varsity assistants, Geoff Wagers JV coach and Zach Beegle freshman coach. Jimmy Allison and Wyatt Mellor were approved as volunteer assistants.
Jaime Chenevey will be the varsity softball coach, with Steve Frank assistant and Brian Lash JV coach. Jason Otto was signed as tennis coach.