Grant's $18,000 will go toward purchase of a new bus

The Hannibal public school district will be in the market for a new school bus after receiving an $18,000 grant from the state. The announcement of the grant award was made during Wednesday night's board of education meeting.

The grant, sought by Rich Stilley and Scott Speer, will come from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The funds can only be used to purchase a new bus that replaces an older and less efficient bus in the district's fleet. Stilley noted that the bus being taken out of service must be scrapped.

According to Stilley, the district's business manager, the $18,000 will cover roughly one-quarter of the cost of a new bus.

This is not the first MDNR grant the Hannibal school district has received. In 2013-14 grant funds were used to pay for one of three buses the district bought that year.

In other business:

• Long-time transportation department members – James Brown, Laura McAfee and Lewis Bode – were presented certificates of appreciation for their contributions in assisting the district to receive the state Highway Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence Award given to school districts that successfully passed bus inspections at 90 percent or better for 20 consecutive years.

• HHS junior Jessica Stinson was recognized for receiving the gold medal in the entrepreneurship division at the National FCCLA STAR event in Nashville, Tenn.

• Board members heard a report on the Gamers' Club at the high school.

• Superintendent Susan Johnson reported that as of Sept. 1 enrollment in the district was down 86 students from a year earlier.

• Maria Mundle, assistant superintendent, shared was accomplished throughout the district during the Sept. 6 early release day and on what is planned on the Sept. 29 in-service day.

• Results from the most recent ACT testing was presented. HHS' composite score of 18.8 was its lowest in five years. The state composite was 20.4.

• Program evaluations were presented for health services and food services. Both were rated above average.

• Stilley shared that the district's sick leave pools are holding their own.

• Darin Powell, assistant superintendent, reported hat the new substitute teacher program is working well, having filled 357 of 358 sub slots. Seventy-five individuals are currently signed up to serve as substitutes. The last school year ended with 45 subs.

• Johnson said she has not heard anything negative about the PATCH Center.

 

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