Monday, August 29, 2016

David Wilkerson Named To Hermitage School Board

JP Alton Richard swears in David Wilkerson.
The first item of business for the Hermitage School Board called meeting conducted August, 29th was the appointment of David Wilkerson to a vacancy on the board.  Mr. Wilkerson will represent Zone 3.  Immediately after the unanimous vote to appoint him, Wilkerson was sworn in by Justice of the Peace Alton Richard.

In other business the board listened to a presentation from Chad Hale with Midwest Bus Sales.  Mr. Hale made a proposal to lease the Hermitage District a school bus at a cost of $15,100.00 per year for three years.  The bus is a 2017 model and seats 77.  It has air conditioner, luggage compartment and cameras.  Under the terms of the lease, a warranty will cover all repairs during the three year period of time, except for normal oil changes and regular maintenance.  Most of the warranty work, if needed, can be completed in El Dorado according to Mr. Hale.

After discussing the benefits of leasing and asking several questions, the board voted to lease the bus at a cost of $15,100.00 per year for three years.  The mileage is not to exceed 17,000 per year.  At the end of the lease the district may lease another bus or purchase it at market value.  The bus is to be used as a trip bus and will not be used for normal school routes unless needed in an emergency.  It should be received in about six weeks.

In one other item of business, the board approved a transfer of a school employee.  Erandi Acuchi was approved to work in the cafeteria and 30 minutes per day as a para-pro.  

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