CADIZ - The Harrison Hills City School District's board heard reports about the transportation department and a new athletic program during Thursday's meeting.
Director of Transportation Operations Ed Kovacik reported bus drivers travel 512,298 miles during the school year on regular daily routes. The district also added 38,353 miles for field trips and extracurricular events, for a total of 550,651 miles.
The district's budget last year was $1,277,546, officials said. Kovacik noted an increase of efficiency from prior years. The average fuel cost last year per gallon of gas was $3.41, with some fluctuation.
Last year's estimated fuel cost was $235,714.
"I think we had a very good year last year. We were very efficient in what we did," he said, noting the purchase of a new radio system and the special education bus. He said the district is considering the purchase of two more buses as money becomes available this fiscal year.
Regarding the bus garage, work continues on the interior walls, and exterior excavation is ongoing for the purpose of grease traps and sewage. The road has been built to the property, and the pipes may all be installed at once, officials said.
In other matters, Harrison Junior/Senior High School Principal Brent Ripley thanked the board for approving the formation of a soccer club. There are currently 13 boys and eight girls in the club.
Fundraising efforts have yielded $2,000 for uniforms next year, and Ripley added the soccer program may continue to benefit student athletes in the future. He noted two Brazilian exchange students have joined the teams.
"It's been a great cultural activity, so I'm here to say thank you on behalf of everybody that's had a part in it," he said.
In other business, the board:
Approved Jennifer Smith and Michelle Dunlap as aide/cafeteria/secretary employees; and Mindi Vrable, Virginia Beiber and Kacee Spence as teachers/tutors.
Approved Courtney Erdos as Help Me Grow specialist effective Monday through June 30.
Approved Linda Brock as 5.5-hour bus driver to the Jefferson County parochial schools effective Oct. 8.
Approved Paul Banks as varsity track coach and Joe Valesko as varsity assistant softball coach.
Accepted the resignation of Kasondra Chaney as home visitor with Help Me Grow effective Sept. 21.
Approved Scott Ward as a volunteer supplemental coach for the 2012-13 school year.
Approved a medical leave of absence for Constance Campbell beginning Oct. 15 for up to 12 weeks.
Approved the accessible restroom grant with the Harrison County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Approved a resolution authorizing the school board to apply for an active planning process with the Ohio School Facilities Commission Classroom Facilities Assistance Program.
Approved an agreement with Trinity Health System/Riverside Medical for an athletic trainer service agreement for the 2012-13 school year.
Authorized the sale and disposal of two school buses no longer needed.
Approved a service contract with Pauline Gratchen through Help Me Grow effective today.
Approved a trip request from Ashley Baur, Spanish teacher at the high school, for a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Approved the use of facilities request from the Hope Players at Harrison East through Nov. 6, and from Jewett-Scio Biddy Cheerleading for Harrison North Monday through Dec. 1.