School board approves new buses

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County Schools will be improving its bus fleet as well as upgrading a roof at one building, while also looking to get rid of other items it no longer needs.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Hancock County Board of Education approved the purchase of three 77-passenger 2019 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses, which will be used to improve the fleet and go through the bus replacement cycle.

The buses, totaling $279,432, met all federal and state minimum requirements for bus construction.

The board also approved a bid from Mansuetto Roofing, which will handle the replacement of the roof of the gymnasium on Weir Middle School at a cost of $1,108,500.

Mansuetto, the low bidder, was one of two companies that provided bids for that project. The other was from Sutter Roofing for $1,373,500.

According to Superintendent Tim Woodward, the roofing project is anticipated to take 60 days and should be ready before the new school year.

The board also approved a list of surplus items including 20 four-drawer file cabinets, 12 two-drawer filing cabinets, 16 wood and metal computer desks, a dozen office chairs (eight grey-colored, three red and one blue), eight stackable office chairs, four obsolete smart boards, three pianos, and various other office, kitchen and maintenance equipment.

Meanwhile, in personnel matters, the board accepted the resignations of Weir High business education teacher Elaine Kimmins, Weir Middle multi-category/Autism teacher Lauren Marion, Weir High math teacher Anthony Pompa, and Oak Glen Middle fifth grade teacher Brittany Tedrow.

Kimmins, who will be retiring, will conclude her career June 30. Tedrow’s resignation, cited as personal reasons, is effective June 13. Marion and Pompa, both seeking other employment, will have their resignations effective June 13 and Aug. 1, respectively.

The board also accepted the coaching resignations of Oak Glen High’s head cross country coach Desiree Bergman, Weir High’s girls volleyball and basketball assistant coach Justin Horstman, Weir High head cheering advisor Nicolette Hill and Weir High head boys soccer coach James Luevano, all four of whom cited personal reasons. Hill’s resignation was effective May 14, Horstman’s took effect May 15, Luevano for May 17, and Bergman for June 13.

The board also accepted retirement requests from Betsy Anderson, executive secretary in the superintendent’s office, and Dale Ewing, a mason/carpenter in the maintenance department. Ewing’s retirement was effective May 31, while Anderson’s final day is June 30.

The board also approved a total of 10 transfers amongst its classified personnel, all of which took effect May 30. This included Weirton Elementary supervisory aide Mary C. Catlett, Weir Middle Autism mentor Eydie A. Long, Allison Elementary LPN/aide Paula Cline, and Oak Glen High School supervisory aide/ECCA Tracy Barnhart.

Catlett will remain at her school but will serve as Autism Mentor/ECCAT. Long will continue to hold her title and add ECCAT, but at Weirton Elementary. Cline will remain at her school as a Supervisory Aide/ECCAT, and Barnhart will continue her role at New Manchester Elementary.

Also transfered were bus operators Misty Still, Margie Apesos, Ronald Lesky, James Barr, Jeffrey Plimpton and Patricia Barr, who will operate different buses but work for the same hours as previous placements.

In addition, the board approved numerous extracurricular assignments, which included six assignments at Oak Glen Middle, five at Weir Middle, 19 at Oak Glen High, 24 at Weir Middle, three at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, and one countywide assignment.

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