BONIFAY — Holmes County School District invited local school pageant winners, Miss Ponce de Leon Makala Hicks, Little Miss Ponce de Leon Layla Jackson and Little Miss Poplar Springs Erilyn Smith, to their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
“These girls are helping in representing our schools at the Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant,” said Superintendent Gary Galloway. “It’s a worth while experience. One that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”
At the previous meeting of the HCSD held on Sept. 18, Holmes County resident Teresa Hamilton of Westville came before the Holmes County District School Board 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 Chair 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 school board member Sid Johnson recommended to 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.
School board member Rusty Williams and Johnson reported that they had went out to the location and both agreed with the FHP that the school bus stop should remain in the new location.
The school board agreed that no action would be taken.
The school board approved of hiring Elisha Weeks as teacher at Bethlehem School and Holly Blane as teacher at Poplar Springs School for the 2012-2013 school year and accept the resignation of Julie White as Aide III Lunchroom Cashier at Bonifay Elementary School effective as of Sept. 24, 2012, David Davis as teacher at Ponce de Leon High School for retirement purposes effective as of Oct. 26, 2012 and Donald Dady as Assistant Principal at Bethlehem High School for retirement purposes effective as of Nov. 30, 2012.
The school board also approved of 2012-2013 School Advisory Councils, Out of County Students Amended, Invoices, Warrant List, Pay Outs over $3,000, Budget Amendments, Sept. 18 Minutes and the 2012-2013 Parent Guide.