JEFFERSON — An updated transportation contract, personnel changes and policy updates took center stage when the Jefferson school board met Monday night.
Among the bigger items on Monday’s agenda, the School District of Jefferson Board of Education approved the 2019-20 bus services contract with Dousman Transportation. As recommended by administration, the contract calls for a 3-percent increase over last year’s compensation.
This marks the third year the Jefferson schools will utilize Dousman Transportation for bus services.
Officials noted that other districts that contract with Dousman Transportation actually are offering increases of 3.5 percent to 5 percent due to a shortage of bus drivers in the area.
The approved increase is lower than what the bus company originally was seeking, officials said, and it does fit within the district’s budget.
There are only a few transportation vendors in the area, Laura Peachey, director of business services for the Jefferson schools, said, adding that the bus company has an excellent track record with the district.
The school board also accepted the resignation of two staff members and approved one new hire at its Monday meeting.
Resigning were Kayla Stefanski, West Elementary School kindergarten teacher, and Jonathon Stokes, high school special education teacher.
In addition, the board approved Lisa McKay as a social worker at Jefferson High School, at East Elementary School and with the district’s SOAR program.
In addition, the board approved new school standards as required and in alignment with state regulations.
Under policy matters, the board approved, without comment, two new policies and one revised policy, all related to medication.
The revised policy dealt with administering medication to students.
One new policy laid out contingencies and procedures for administering Naloxone/Narcan, an opioid antagonist that counteracts opioid overdoses.
The other new policy dealt with stocking Epinephrine (the active medicine in Epi-Pen allegry shots) for use by children or others in the schools experiencing a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
In other business, Barb Johnson, director of curriculum and instruction for the Jefferson schools, gave a report on the district’s process on building Professional Learning Communities.