Chillicothe R-2 students who are transported by bus to and from school will adhere to a new set of bus discipline consequences when they resume classes in August.
At the regular July meeting of the R-2 Board of Education last night (Tuesday), Assistant Superintendent James Ruse said conduct reports were handled on a semesterly basis in previous years. After speaking with bus drivers and building principals, Ruse laid out a plan that would change the number of chances for student riders from four semesterly to five yearly.
Should a student receive their first conduct report, a warning will be sent home to the student and parent. If a student receives a second conduct report, the student will receive one to three days suspension of bus riding privileges. After the third discipline conduct report, the student will be referred to the building principal and will receive an automatic five-day suspension of riding privileges. If a fourth conduct report or severe behavior problem occurs, the student will be referred to the Assistant Superintendent and the student will receive a 30-day suspension of bus riding privileges. Should a student receive a fifth conduct report following the 30-day suspension, the student’s riding privileges will be suspended indefinitely.
As part of the district’s capital improvement plans, the board voted to accept a bid of $29,517.26 from Loud & Clear Communications, of Trenton, Mo., for the installation of 30 security cameras at Grand River Technical School.
“Loud & Clear Communications happened to be the sub-contractor of the installation of security cameras at the high school,” Superintendent Roger Barnes explained. “We know they're quality of work. We’ll have the same software, the same brand of cameras.”
The board voted to accept a bid of $23,030 from Dean Peyton Contracting Company Inc., of Chillicothe, for work on the gutters and downspouts at Dewey Elementary. This was the only bid for the project. The board also accepted a fuel bid from MFA Oil Company, of Chillicothe, effective August 1, 2013, to July 31, 2014.
The board voted to accept a bid from Prairie Farms Dairy Inc., of Brookfield, to remain the district’s milk supplier for the 2013-14 school year. This bid was slightly higher than the bid from Anderson Erickson Dairy, of Des Moines, Iowa. Ruse explained that his recommendation echoed the strong support of Prairie Farms Dairy from the district’s kitchen staff.
“The cooks would like to recommend we stay with prairie farms,” Ruse explained. “It's based out of Brookfield. If they need something, they just call over and it's delivered to them.”
Meal prices for the upcoming school year was a topic for discussion at Tuesday’s meeting. Barnes said because of changes in the Federal Government’s meal reimbursement program, the cost of breakfast will rise five cents per meal while the cost of lunch will rise ten cents per meal. The current reimbursement on a free lunch plate sits at $2.92 per meal. Breakfast will come at a cost of 90 cents for K-5 students, $1.15 for grades 6-12 and 30 cents for a reduced meal. Lunch will come at a cost of $1.65 for K-5 students, $1.85 for grades 6-12 and 4 cents for a reduced meal.