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March 22, 2014

Lots of action

AISD votes to buy bus, congratulates sports team

Athens — The Athens Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to purchase a school bus and a piece of property at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

  The trustees voted to purchase a 2005 model bus at a total cost of $96,622 from Longhorn Bus Sales in Houston.

Chief Financial Officer Randy Jones said the money to pay for the bus will be funds from the Federal Government set aside for special education.

“This is a conventional-type bus that does have a lift and wheelchair accessories,” Operations Manager Barry Choate said.

The bus has about 70,000 miles on it, will replace a vehicle that has more than 200,000 miles on it, and is much like one the AISD bought last year, Choate said. In January, the trustees voted to purchase two buses from Longhorn for $185,272.

In other action, the trustees voted to purchase property at 404 Royall St. at a price of $53,515. The district will transfer $55,000 from the local maintenance fund balance to the capital projects fund to cover the purchase.

Superintendent Blake Stiles said the acquisition of the property will square up property the district bought earlier.

The board recognized the Athens High School boys basketball team for its historic season. Athletic Director Paul Essary said the team won 29 games, thought to be the most ever, as research failed to turn up a larger victory total.

The undefeated district champion is headed by District 15 3A Coach of the Year Gerald Anthony, who was present at the meeting.

“We appreciate everything you all do in making the Athens School District and the city of Athens very proud,” Essary said.

Assistant Coach Jaret Buckholtz was also present for the acknowledgment. The other assistant coach, Jarett Hill, was with the track team as it competed in Palestine.

In the consent agenda, the board issued an order canceling the May 10 trustee election, due to lack of opposition for the incumbents who filed. New terms will be granted to Steve McElhaney in Place 1, Alicia Elliott in Place 2 and Eric Smith in Place 5.

Teachers and employees of the month were recognized, including:

• Bel Air Elementary, Keishia Garrett;

• South Athens Elementary, Wendy Ottaberry;

• Athens Intermediate School, Cherry Sumrall;

• Athens Middle School, Brenda Jackson;

• Athens High School, Gerald Anthony;

• Early College High School, Jessica Price;

• Employee, Patsy Hulse.

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