The USD 470 Board of Education voted April 9 to purchase several vehicles during its regularly scheduled meeting.

These vehicles will be used by the Arkansas City Public School District for the transportation of students.

“As in the past, the business office elected to utilize the Kansas Bus Purchasing Program offered by KSDE (the Kansas State Department of Education),” states a report to the board.

“This online program enables school districts to meet all competitive bidding requirements, and the bidding process is monitored and assisted by KSDE.”

The first purchase was of four school buses. Specifications for the buses will adhere to identical specifications for regular route purposes.

The first two are standard buses, while the other two are slightly different in construction.

One bus will be equipped with additional storage, modified seating and air conditioning.

This bus will be painted with the traditional yellow paint and used primarily for activities.

The fourth bus will be equipped similarly, but have a customized paint job that “includes identifying information and graphics.”

Because of its history with Bluebird buses, and the success the district has found with service and warranty work through a third-party service company, the buses purchased April 9 also will be Bluebirds.

The total purchase cost, as provided by the school district, will be $497,687.

Two additional vehicles were purchased April 9. They are 10-passenger activity vehicles from Reedy Ford, totaling $26,646.16.

Board member Lance Niles was absent from this meeting.

The next regular school board meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 23 at Adams Elementary School, located at 1201 N. 10th St.

In other business, the board:

  • heard from attorney Jason Brewer and former school board member Daren Reese regarding Liberty Cemetery.
  • heard from Lacey Pool regarding her property at 1826 N. Summit St. and the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.
  • approved the resignations of Chastity Abernathy, third-grade teacher at IXL Elementary School; Elizabeth Botello, first-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School; Ryan Hizey, third-grade teacher at Jefferson; and Morgan Wilson, science teacher at Arkansas City Middle School.
  • approved the hiring of Evan Burke as a middle school teacher; Kirsten Blau, Rachel Ghram, Emily Soule and Courtney Troyer as elementary school teachers; Judy Haynes as an English and language arts teacher at Arkansas City High School; and Jon Wiemers as a physical education teacher at ACHS.
  • accepted gifts of $200 for a state basketball spirit bus from John and Lee Ann Sturd and $1,500 in shoes for students from the KanPak’s Golden State Foods Foundation.
  • recognized the ACHS boys basketball team for its third-place finish at the Class 4A state basketball tournament.
  • approved the ACHS Enrollment Handbook, as presented, for the 2018-19 school year.
  • approved the USD 470 Kansas Education Systems Accreditation district-level site council team.
  • adopted Resolution 18-05, authorizing the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan as requested by Pool.
  • discussed review of the ACHS, ACMS, elementary school and transportation handbooks.
  • discussed security lock ware at ACHS and the status of Liberty Cemetery.
  • held an executive session to discuss matters of non-elected personnel.
  • approved a one-year extension of contracts held by the following employees:
    • Pam Barbour, Roosevelt Elementary School principal;
    • Caroline Bruche, Head Start director;
    • Aaron Bucher, ACHS athletic director;
    • Russel Gregory, maintenance director;
    • Marge Hernandez, ACMS assistant principal;
    • Amy Hutto, C-4 Elementary School principal;
    • Sheryl Leeds, IXL principal;
    • Rosann Meier, Frances Willard Elementary School principal;
    • Robert Onelio, Adams principal;
    • Will Pfannenstiel, ACMS principal;
    • Bob Squires, technology director;
    • Lisa Vetter, transportation director.