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Bus driver terminated by Harrison Hills school board

September 20, 2013
By ROBERT A. DEFRANK - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

CADIZ - The Harrison Hills City school board on Thursday approved the termination of a bus driver after an oversight resulted in a kindergartener being left unattended on a bus for close to an hour.

Lydia Millis, a bus driver of 10 years with the district, was fired for the event involving the pupil on Sept. 10, officials said.

Superintendent Dana Snider said the incident occurred on the morning route. The child fell asleep on the bus and was left there and later found by an employee at the bus garage.

Snider said the incident was a result of failing to follow procedure.

"Bus drivers are required to check their buses at the end of each route," she said.

Snider noted there had been no previous problems with Millis.

In other matters, Administrative Assistant Duran Morgan reported on the first District Leadership Team meeting, noting staff at the three buildings will focus on math in the classroom this month and review data to map trends and target improvement.

Director of Operations Mark Kowalski reported a fifth preschool bus route has been added, which has reduced travel time.

He also noted the Power Pure program also was implemented last year and officials are seeing an increase to 30,000 miles out of an oil change for buses utilizing the program.

Also, the district has purchased new surveillance cameras for the buses. Each bus will hold four cameras covering different angles and the doors. Credit also went to maintenance employees.

In matters of buildings and grounds, an auction is set for Oct. 8. Items left over from re-organization will be auctioned off, officials said.

The district has also entered into a recycling agreement with the solid waste district. Dumpsters were delivered to the three buildings, and classroom containers are on the way. The district also has received a bid for paving at the grounds at the board office.

In other business, the board:

Approved Jesse Kosegi, Roxanne Kovacik, William Walker and Karen Taylor as substitute teacher/tutors.

Approved Nick Yourkovich as assistant athletic director and Anthony Hayes as varsity wrestling assistant, as well as Brad Bryant as wrestling reserve.

Approved Sarah Wilden as student council adviser, Anna Minalga as junior/senior OMUN adviser and James Snodgrass in percussion.

Approved Adam Heaston for the supplemental marching band position and Andrea Stark for the supplemental marching band/flags position. She and Mike Yoho were approved as chaperones.

Approved William Walker as varsity assistant football volunteer coach.

Approved Dylan Moore as IT tech substitute for the 2013-14 school year at up to 24 hours per week, $10 per hour.

Gave the coaching duties of the boys varsity basketball team to Justin Clifford for the 2013-14 school year. Approved Clifford's resignation as pep club adviser and freshman class adviser.

Appointed Duran Morgan to the Puskarich Public Library Board of Trustees through Dec. 31, 2014.

Approved a lease agreement with Amanda's School of Dance through Sept. 12, 2014.

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