SP students have trouble getting home Tuesday
GREENCASTLE -- South Putnam Community School students had a tough time getting home on buses Tuesday afternoon.
"We had four buses get stuck and have to be towed out of snow drifts," reported School Superintendent Bruce Bernhardt at the South Putnam Community School board meeting Tuesday night.
"They didn't go off the road, they just got stuck in snow drifting across the roads, especially in the Belle Union area. There has been so much snow already pushed to the side of the road that it is blowing across those high mounds and creating much deeper drifts," said Bernhardt.
There were not very many students on the buses and parents were kept informed of the incidents. Other students were late getting home due to the poor condition of the roads, which slowed down buses.
"Our bus drivers have done a great job getting around, and many parents have been a lot of help. Some have had to bring their kids out to an area where the buses could pick them up," added Bernhardt.
"We're keeping a close eye on it. It's snowing again now. I'll be talking to the transportation people early tomorrow morning. The highway department just can't keep up with the snow and wind, especially in areas like Belle Union and south of Reelsville," said Bernhardt.
Board members approved applications by the school corporation for two summer school classes.
"If we have enough students, and I think that number is 15 students, and then we will offer a high school English and math class," said Bernhardt. "We have to apply now to hold the classes."
Bernhardt also gave an update on technology in the school corporation, saying that progress was being made.
"A lot of the staff computers are done and the lab computers are all ready to go into the lab. They will go a lot faster because we have software that lets us get them up all at once," explained Bernhardt.
There are some issues with power fluctuations, network configurations and phone issues, but they are being worked through.
"We're very pleased with the efforts our technology people have made," said Bernhardt.
Board member Steve Cash reminded the group that the last legislative update at the Farm Bureau will be this Saturday at 8 a.m.
"We'll find out Saturday what has come out and what's going on and can address things then. If the education bills haven't been heard by next week, they are not going anywhere," said Cash.
The board also approved the following personnel changes: the resignation of Andrea Minor as Jr. High girls track coach, new hire of Leanne Singh at Fillmore Elementary as a part-time instructional assistant and the hiring of Jr. High Girl's Track Coach Brandon Welti and High School Asst. Swim Coach Adam Wishart.