Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 18, 2014

SDCSC staff dealing with winter weather

ST. LEON – Tom Harris, support services director, informed Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. trustees Feb. 13 of “what’s going on this winter.”

“We received two new buses last Friday, a special needs one and an 84-passenger bus. They are both very nice and the drivers will be pleased .... They won’t go on the road for about another week or two. We traded two other buses, and got pretty good money for them.

“The yearly bus inspection is coming up at the end of February. All 96 of our buses will go to the weigh station on Interstate 74 to be inspected. Typically, we never have any problems.

“We have had no major issues with buses this year, no wrecks or accidents. We did have a few that didn’t start in the cold weather, but there were no major issues with them handling the winter weather .... I commend the bus drivers for doing a great job.”

He also praised the custodial and maintenance staff, “who did an excellent job keeping the parking lots clear. We’re hoping we don’t get too much more snow because finding enough space to put it” is becoming a problem.

“The crew is keeping the buildings comfortable. We didn’t have any complaints. We did have a couple water breaks, but they were minor.”

Harris revealed, “We missed 10 days this year. Two were waived, so we have to make up eight.” The makeup days have been set: Feb. 17, President’s Day; March 17-21, the first week of spring break; April 18, Good Friday; and May 29, added on to the end of the year.

“Other schools are adding hours to the days, and some are using Saturdays,” he noted.

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hendrix said he received “interesting e-mails from folks” wondering why school was closed on certain days and open on others and why a delay wasn’t announced earlier due to inclement weather. “The decisions we make will always be in the best interest of our students.

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