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Superintendent asks drivers to pay closer attention to buses

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County Schools Superintendent Dawn Petrovich has asked area motorists to pay better attention when driving near the county’s school buses.

Petrovich issued the reminder Monday in response to a recent collision involving one of the county’s school buses. There were no students on board the bus during the incident, and neither the driver nor bus aid were injured.

“As a reminder to our drivers, if they would be very careful, you know cars, trucks, to watch out for the buses and to stop when you see the lights. It’s so important to follow the rules, you know not only are you endangering the lives of children but also our bus drivers.”

Petrovich said she had limited information about the incident. She said it involved a pickup truck delivering coal and one of the buses.

Chris Enochs, transportation department director, reported the incident happened around 12:40 p.m., Feb. 6, on Route 2 in Newell. The bus was going to pick up students at the end of the day. Enochs said they are waiting on the insurance company to determine if the bus was totaled as a result of the collision.

Petrovich thanked the first responders, transportation department and pedestrians who helped.

In other action, the board:

• Approved a leave of absence for Ashley Riggs.

• Approved unpaid days for Tracy Rocknich and James Barr.

• Approved the resignations of Barbara Van Beveren as countywide substitute teacher, and David Cowden as baseball assistant at Weir High School.

• Approved the coaching assignment of Thomas Martin as unpaid baseball assistant at Oak Glen High School, pending favorable fingerprints.

• Approved Patrick Speer as countywide substitute custodian, pending favorable fingerprints.

• Approved the transfer of Robert Brew Jr. from substitute bus operator to bus operator 172.

• Approved the list of bills provided in their packet.

• Approved the acceptances of three students, two for this school year and one for next year. They also approved the release of one student for next year.

• Approved an overnight field trip for the Weir High School baseball team to Keyser April 3-4. The trip will be booster funded.

• Approved short days for 10 students at Oak Glen High School and 25 students at Weir High School. Two students from Oak Glen were not approved.

• Voted to place a textbook selection and adoption policy out for public comment.

• Petrovich announced she is working on a Freedom of Information Act request.

• Danny Kaser, board member, asked to go into executive session to discuss an invoice from Bowles Rice LLP. Kaser reported having additional information about the matter he wanted to pass on to the board. No action was taken following the session.

• Larry Shaw, board member, congratulated the Weirton Elementary staff for the “Read With Me Weirton” program. He said it is a wonderful program and he is happy to see the excitement and community involvement with the program.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 27.

(Riedel can be contacted at jriedel@reviewonline.com)

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