(BEDFORD) – North Lawrence Community Schools Transportation Director Darren Waggoner resigned during the North Lawrence Community School Board meeting, Thursday evening. His last day will be April 2. Waggoner will serve as a facilities manager with Tri Star Engineering, a contractor for Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane.
According, to Superintendent Ty Mungle the job will be posted immediately and he is hoping to have the position filled quickly.
Due to his departure, instead of bidding out the bus contracts as originally planned, the contracts will now be extended.
A meeting with the contract bus drivers will occur sometime next month and communicate with them the plan going forward.
In addition, the School Board and Corporation will need to start looking deeper into the transportation situation. Historical ways of providing transportation, provide self-assessment and have a sign-up list of students who plan to use the busing system. And also, get an updated hardware system to provide information on the busing system and using GIS and 911 technology integrated into the system to provide up to date data on the transportation needs.
Bus Inspections Continue
The spring bus inspections continue and moving right along. In addition, the bus driver in the accident earlier in the week was not at fault in the accident occurring on John Williams Blvd. The bus now has been sent off for needed repairs.
Steve Ritter reports the new trucks will be delivered shortly and be here the last of April. And he requested the board to approve the Surplus Auction to be held on Saturday, April 27. This Surplus Auction will include three school buses. Mr. Mungle stated that a complete list needs to be created including VIN numbers of all the vehicles in the sale. This will be so a full account of the Surplus Property can be given to the State Board of Accounts.
The motion was tabled by the board until a complete list could be approved by the School Board. Spring mowing season has begun on all the school grounds.
Summer Food Program
Summer Food Program will be only at one location this year – at Bedford Middle School. The dates will be June 10 – July 26. Last year the program was offered at Oolitic Middle School and Lincoln Elementary. But, due to a huge loss in the program of approximately $15,000-$20,000 and low attendance at some locations, it was decided to use one central location.
Assessment of High School and North Lawrence Career Center Approved
The board approved the assessment of the BNLHS and North Lawrence Career Center, paid for by the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council. The school corporation will not be bound schools can realize to look at Career Paths, Workforce needs, and other opportunities through Ivy Tech and Vincennes University.
Parents Support Coaching Staff
After some concerns were identified by parents at last school board meetings, parents Jean New and Scott Johnson expressed their support of the wrestling coaches at the middle and high school. The coaches mentioned this evening was head coach Roy Bruce and assistant coach Mike Branham and coaches Todd and Jackson. Parents expressed their appreciation for the support the coach has given them in and out of the school to their children.
Heltonville residents appeared before the board wanting clarification on the agenda items to which the board clarified. And then the second, parent expressing concerns over matters related to the Heltonville School that have already been addressed and wanting to let the superintendent and school board they continue to be diligent in seeing things are followed through on.