West Branch to Request Quote for Outdoor Cameras on Buses | News, Sports, Jobs

BELOIT – The western branch school board discussed the bus problems on Thursday evening, in particular the need for outdoor cameras and the shortage of drivers.

The board allowed schools superintendent Micki Egli to collect cost estimates to install outdoor cameras on buses after a parent, Andrea Zippay, reported her daughter’s bus was passed four times this year while his lights were on. The parent lives on National Highway 14 between Calla and Middletown Highways in Smith Township and said she was advised by the Ohio State Highway Patrol to encourage the board to install the outdoor cameras.

Zippay noted that there are other dangerous roads in the district that have issues with vehicles passing a bus with the lights on, including board member Bryan Hobbins on the hill on National Road 534 between National Highway 165 and Pine Lake Road.

Zippay said outdoor cameras will allow the prosecution of violators, especially since they will not overtake the bus when an officer is patrolling the area.

Egli noted that there is no current requirement for outdoor cameras on buses, but that a bill is currently being considered in state law for this requirement.

Egli also reported a shortage of bus drivers that necessitated a plan to change bus routes when a driver calls. She said all backup drivers cover the routes, so if someone calls, there will be no one to cover the route.

Egli said the district has developed a central bus line in the middle of the district that can be split when needed. She said affected families will be contacted when another bus picks up their child.

In other cases, the board has accepted the retirement of middle school teacher Scott Helsley as of the end of the school year. He has been in the district for 27 years.

The board also agreed to the retirement of fourth-grade teacher Anne Sellaroli under the retirement-re-hire provision effective at the end of the school year. She has been in the district for 35 years.

In addition, the Board of Directors approved a new Board Policy which allows for a consent agenda for regular Board meetings; accepted a $ 100 donation from Methodist women in Damascus to the Western Branch drug program; hired Nicholas Salyers as caretaker; and approved an additional contract for Cori Sands for the junior class counselor.

The board also approved a five-year agreement with Com Doc to provide printers, copiers, supplies and services through the Stark County Schools Board / Com-Doc-Xerox Copier Management Program.

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