BONIFAY — Holmes County resident Teresa Hamilton of Westville came before the Holmes County District School Board during their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 18 because of concerns she was having about where the bus stops to let her great-niece off and on.


BONIFAY — Holmes County resident Teresa Hamilton of Westville came before the Holmes County District School Board during their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 18 because of concerns she was having about where the bus stops to let her great-niece off and on.



“We have a problem,” said Hamilton. “The bus has been stopping at a particular spot for over 45 years without incident and now it’s been changed because they are saying it’s dangerous. How about it being dangerous dropping off a pre-schooler off at an empty house for two weeks.”



Hamilton explained that the old bus stop was at the bottom of a hill and the new one is at the top of a hill farther away from home.



School Board Chairman Jason Motley said that the reason why they changed the location is because they had a log truck come in early one morning while the bus was loading and since it was on a hill the truck was having difficulty coming to a complete stop and there could have been an incident.



“I’m not in favor of changing the stop because I have a daughter that sometimes rides that bus and I’m aware of how dangerous that stop can be,” said Motley. “The first time the bus driver thought it was unsafe he reported it and then the Florida Highway Patrol went out to investigate and it was their recommendation that the location be changed.”



After Board Member Sid Johnson recommended the board go down and look at the stop, the rest of the board members agreed they too would go take a look at the location and present their findings at the next school board meeting.



Holmes County Health Department made a presentation, “Tobacco Free Holmes,” to the board, showing the importance of student organizations such as Students Working Against Tobacco, school board and community involvement.



Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Christopher Lauen asked the board to consider adopting a policy pertaining to increased anti-tobacco signage at the county schools.



“Thank you for your presentation,” said Board Member Anthony Register. “We appreciate all you’re doing to keep our children safe and drug free.”



Johnson also informed the board that he had visited Bonifay Elementary School and the school is in need of a new roof.



Larry Zorn with the Facilities of Holmes County School District informed the board that they were in the process of trying to get a grant to replace the roof.



“No matter what happens we need to be looking into ways of raising funds for that roof,” said Zorn. “It is in desperate need of replacing.”



Johnson suggested that everyone pull together and inform the state’s representatives that a new roof is needed for the elementary school.



“We need everyone taking to our senate representatives,” said Johnson. “Not just board members and staff but residents of Holmes County; people who care about our children and where they get their education. We definitely need to do something.”



The Board approved to adopt the millage for 2012-2013 at 6.191, which is a 1.94 decrease from last year and to adopt the budget for 2012-2013.



The Board also approved of the overnight/out of state trip request from the Bethlehem School’s Future Farmers of America Club to attend the Agricultural Expo held in Moultrie, Ga. on Oct. 15 and 16.



In administration, the board approved to hire Kimberly Owens as teacher at Bethlehem and a lab assistant at Holmes County High School for the 2012-2013 school year; and amend Dylan Skinner from Lab Assistant to Social Science Teacher at HCHS and Bonifay Middle School effective Sept. 19, 2012.



The board also approved of out-of-field teachers for the first semester of 2012-2013 Amy White at Bethlehem High School, Misty Hicks at Ponce de Leon High School, Brad Hall and Lowell Hudson at Poplar Springs High School.



“This is the lowest amount of teachers working out of field that Holmes County has ever seen,” said Motley. “We’re down to only 10 teachers in the entire county who are teaching out of field.”



The next school board meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Holmes County School District office.