BONIFAY — Holmes County District School Board members discussed on Monday increasing bus driver safety education to biannual instead of annually.
School Board member Jason Motley initiated the discussion of bus safety by asking for the curriculum involved in the annual bus driver workshops.
Superintendent Eddie Dixon said it included CPR training, conflict resolution, the referral process, etc.
“I just want to make sure that our bus drivers are being educated in how to deal with confrontations, much like the one bus driver had to face in Midland City,” said Motley. “We need to get a little proactive until the state gives us instructions on what to do. Our bus drivers aren’t getting what they need and they need it at least twice a year with possible discussion and input from the drivers.”
Dixon said that he would look into what was required to get something like that set up.
“We do have certain state requirements that must be followed by state but it wouldn’t hurt to expand that training to be done twice a year,” said Dixon.
Resident and president of the Bethlehem Schools PTO Tamra Kriser was present to ask the board about the progress of Bethlehem High School’s upcoming art and music classes once again.
“The Holmes County Choir came to Bethlehem and put on an amazing performance,” said Kriser. “I was just wondering when we’d be able to be put on the agenda to get this started. We’ve got over 700 signatures from 700 individuals that want to see this happen.”
Kriser requested that she be placed on the agenda April’s meeting and Dixon explained that it was a personnel issue and couldn’t be placed on the agenda until Dixon had a recommendation and that wouldn’t be done until the regular hiring over the summer.
“The only definite answer we can give you right now is that it’s being looked into,” said Dixon. “We’re looking at every avenue, for instance we’re trying to see if a position has to be created or if we can use an already existing position to fill that need; not necessarily saying that the person would come from within our existing staff but that we won’t have to create a new position. We love what Holmes County Choir has done; it’s a wonderful program and we’d love to see that at all of our schools.”
Chairman Rusty Williams thanked the City of Bonifay and the Bonifay Fire Department for their recent honoring of the Holmes County High School’s boy’s basketball team for winning state.
“It was a wonderful presentation honoring our boys,” said Williams. “The City of Bonifay held a parade and ceremony for the boys and the Bonifay Fire Department provided a great lunch. They were very generous and I want everyone to know how much we appreciate them.”
The next scheduled board meeting is set for 9 a.m. on April 2 at the Holmes County District School Board located at 701 East Pennsylvania Ave. in Bonifay.