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12-15-04 Six points on license could terminate job

By Janie Southard

  Six or more points on a bus driver's license could mean termination, according to a new ruling at Fort Recovery school district.

  Following an inspection by a representative of the district's insurance carrier, Ohio School Plan, the board of education has taken action to construct a policy on bus drivers' driving records.
  "The board voted to make it part of the school handbook and after the first of the year, the policy committee will determine the wording for the district policy book," said district Treasurer Dennis Ontrop following Tuesday night's board meeting.
  At present, the preliminary wording includes a written advisory to the employee for points between three and five. With six or more points, the employee will be permitted to resign immediately. If that does not occur, the board will vote to terminate the offender.
  The new policy comes about following recommendations by the insurance company inspector who toured the school facilities recently.  The board again discussed the nature of the permanent improvement levy to be put before voters next year. The present 2.3-mill levy, which generates about $165,000 per year, was approved by voters in 1995 but runs out at the end of calender year 2005.
  Ontrop said there are many determinations to be made such as type of levy, amount and length of levy as well as when to put it on the ballot.
  "There is a lot to think about as to what items to improve. Some decisions are automatic. We know we'll have to buy new buses, but we do get some help from the state on that even though it doesn't amount to much. And, the warranties on our roofs have expired so we'll have to keep that in mind," the treasurer said.
  After a few years of relative inactivity, the Academic Booster Club is back in action and planning some fund-raisers.
  The group has placed school supply machines in the schools with profits going to club activities.
  On Feb. 13 the boosters are considering a Battle of Brains, which puts various school and community groups in competition to score the most points in a "Jeopardy" type game. In addition, a special meal will be available for purchase.
  The board selected Dan Jutte as the 2005 Ohio School Board Association Legislative liaison and Steve Wendel will serve as 2005 Student Achievement liaison.
  Next month's regular meeting will be preceded by an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. and a budget hearing at 7:15 p.m.


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