Urbana School Board discusses transportation changes (Audio included)
8/20/2013 10:53:04 PM
By Nate Dunham
Tuesday, the Urbana City School Board discussed changes to the district this year due to expenditure reductions.
The district made changes to the elementary school day to help with transportation costs. The elementary school day was kept the same length but the start time was set back 15 minutes. This reduces the number of junior high and high school bus routes. This means that the district was able to reduce three routes.
The district has also made changes to its walking zones. Bus stops have been consolidated and stops within a half mile to six-tenths of a mile from school have been eliminated.
Due to the changes in transportation, two reduction of force resolutions were approved. One bus driver position and three bus aide positions have been reduced. The bus driver will be kept on as a substitute and the reductions will take effect on September 13th.
The district has also reconfigured some of its buildings. North Elementary is now for kindergarten and first grade. South Elementary houses second and third grade. Fourth and fifth grade are in East Elementary and the 6th grade is joining the junior high. Local Intermediate will used for preschool this year.
Superintendent Charles Thiel explains the district’s changes.
Five teachers were hired. Tara King will be a 4th grade teacher, Matthew Coberly will be a title I reading and math teacher at the junior high, Matthew Garison will teach elementary physical education, Emily Ginn will teach reading at East Elementary, and Amanda Webb will teach special education at South Elementary.
The retirement of secretary Joy Spriggs was accepted.
The Urbana City School Board will meet again on September 17th at 7 pm.