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Archbold School Bus Flunks State Inspection

One of the school district buses failed an inspection and was pulled from service, said David Deskins, Archbold Area School District superintendent.

Speaking to the Archbold Area School Board during the Monday, Dec. 17 meeting, Deskins said an Ohio State Highway Patrol inspector discovered a leaky transmission.

On the same day, another bus was returned to service.

Board members were told the district has taken delivery of two buses purchased over the summer. Deskins said one old bus was traded; another was sold outright.

Board members also discussed the possibility of buying two more school buses next year.

Starting with the 2008 model year, buses must have more extensive pollution control equipment, which will drive up the price by as much as $20,000, board members were told.

There are still 2007 models available.


The board took several actions related to the consensus agenda.

As part of the agenda, the board approved the Nov. 19 and Dec. 4 meeting minutes, the November financial report, and a policy on bullying.

In personnel actions, the board approved Jim Snow as an OGT intervention tutor for the current school year, approved hiring Danielle Vandock as assistant musical director for this year, and approved the reassignment of Rhonda Lovejoy to EMS coordinator-district registration clerk, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

Monday, Jan. 14, was set as the date of the board’s organizational meeting. The organization meeting will start at 6:30 pm, with the regular meeting to follow. David Yoder, board president, was named president pro tem for the organizational meeting.


The three school principals, and Michele Bagrowski, curriculum director, were not in attendance at the Dec. 17 meeting, but filed written reports.

In her report, Bagrowski said school district officials have decided to change the testing schedule Ohio Achievement Tests. Testing begins in the Middle School, Monday, April 21, with reading, and will continue every other day; testing continues the following week, starting Monday, April 28.

Elementary tests will start Monday, April 28, and continue on the April 29 and 30.

She also reported that social studies curriculum maps are nearly completed, and that school district staff are looking into purchasing new textbooks for several subjects.

“We are hoping to keep the costs to a minimum, without sacrificing our curricular goals and the needs of our students,” she said.

Dorothy Lambert, elementary school principal, and Mike Pressler, middle school principal, each reported their schools were involved in gathering donations for Fulton County’s Christmas Cheer program.

Lambert said during Nov. 26- 30, the elementary school celebrated the 10th anniversary of the new elementary building. Over 500 guests visited.

Tim Meister, Archbold High School principal, reported a Nov. 28 blood drive at the school collected close to 70 “productive units” of blood. He said the school’s typical goal is 57 units.

Also, the school’s chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America donated $300 to the Archbold Friendship House. The money was raised through the group’s Flamingo project.

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