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South Harrison Board Holds Required Hearing For Potential Electric Bus Purchase

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Following a public hearing, South Harrison School Board members approved two resolutions required by the USDA that are part of the procedure for the district to apply for funding to help finance an electric bus.  The action came at a meeting held on Monday night.  The district has already received funding through the VW Fund that will provide partial funding for the electric bus.  Superintendent Dennis Eastin has already stated that the district will not purchase an electric bus if district funding is necessary for the purchase.  In fact, one of the resolutions dealt with that topic.  The district does plan to seek partners such as Grundy Electric Cooperative to find matching grant funding and negotiate the cost of charging the bus.  The resolutions do not commit the district towards the purchase of an electric bus at this time.
South Harrison plans to send out a Request for Proposals for the removal of floor tile and carpeting at South Harrison Elementary School.  The work will need to be performed between May 27th and July 22nd.  The applications will be due back to the district by January 22nd.  The work is being financed with federal funding.
South Harrison’s board approved ESSER II funding to be used to finance the cost of a social worker to be hired by the district for the rest of this school year and likely all next school year to help the district’s students deal with mental health welfare. The work will be paid on the salary schedule on the same level as a certified teacher.  All building principals and counselors will have a part in the evaluation of the position.
The board approved Howe Engineering to begin preliminary engineering work for design and drainage for the district’s parking lots.  South Harrison’s board will begin special meetings dealing with capital projects next month.

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