Drivers seek payment for cleaning buses

EAST LIVERPOOL – Bus drivers for the city school district will be paid to clean their buses but not as much as they had hoped to be paid.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, the board voted unanimously to pay $175 to each driver who wishes to participate in cleaning, painting and detailing his or her own bus “to present them, at their best,” for the annual Ohio State Highway Patrol inspection.

Prior to the vote, however, employee Dave Smith asked the board to consider upping the payment to $200, saying, “The bus drivers never agreed to $175. We wanted more than that. We wanted $200. That would still save the school district money.”

Smith told the board that cleaning the buses is a long, painstaking process and that drivers take pride in their buses, saying, “We believe it’s worth more than ($175).”

Smith noted that not all drivers participate in cleaning their own buses for the inspection.

The board also authorized a contract with the East Liverpool Area YMCA for use of its facilities for the high school swim team.

Tabled was a recommendation to approve changes to student handbooks for all buildings after board member Scott Dieringer said members had not had a chance to review and discuss the changes.

Among numerous personnel matters approved were summer school positions, with Superintendent James Herring pointing out the five teachers hired was only half of the 10 needed.

He said summer school may have to be canceled the first week if he isn’t able to locate another five before then. The summer school teachers are being paid $25 per hour for four hours a day, four days per week.

A motion to approve Westgate Principal Carole Sutton to oversee OAA testing from June 30 to July 11 at her daily pay rate passed but with member Brian Allen opposed. He declined to give a reason for his opposition.

The board agreed to allow the city police department to have metal baskets from the old girls’ locker room which were going to be thrown away.