The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 22, 2013

Hoopeston Area school receive bus grant

BY CAROL HICKS
The Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — Hoopeston Area schools' transportation director, Mark Eighner, reported at Thursday's school board meeting the $50,000 grant check had been received from the EPA Illinois Clean School Bus program. The grant aided the purchase of two propane school buses for the district.

He went on to report that since the propane-fueled buses were put into the fleet at the beginning of the school year, the district had saved $9,000 in fuel costs. He added the district also would receive a 50-cent per gallon discount from the state in January on the fuel and a rebate of $4,000 per propane bus.

In other school board business, board members adopted the 2013 tax levy and approved the school district audit for 2013 unanimously.

"We are in good shape financially," said finance committee chairman, Larry Jahn.

Also Thursday, board members:

+ Heard a presentation from Patrick Brooks, middle school/high school band teacher, requesting permission for the band to play at a bowl game in Atlanta, Ga. Fundraising events would cover the cost of $650 per student and 10 to 12 chaperones. Anything not covered would be out-of-pocket. Deadline is November 2014. The request would be on the December agenda.

+ Agreed to discontinue the middle school wrestling program. Superintendent Hank Hornbeck explained the program was being discontinued to form an Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation Club. He added the district would pay for the coach until the end of the year. According to head wrestling coach Logan Patton, forming a club would give them more flexibility and would include wrestlers from Milford and Rossville. The 30 wrestlers signed up would still practice at the school.

+ Learned John Greer Grade School students have raised $643.50 for the Heifer International Mission through the "Read to Feed" program. Their goal is to raise $850 toward the purchase of animals to help provide a reliable source of food and income for poverty stricken areas. About four area church are sponsoring the readers through the AR programs. Each point earned in reading by the students will earn $1 from the sponsors toward their goal.

+ Approved the resignation of Kevin Root as athletic director effective the last day of the 2013-2014 school year. Also approved the resignations of Matt Hasik as high school assistant volleyball coach and Rhonda Knight as Maple personal aide effective Nov. 11. Approved Harold Michael as a volunteer of high school boys' basketball for 2013-2014 year.

+ Learned the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees ceremony would follow the 6:00 p.m. game on Nov. 29. Inductees this year are: coach, Bob Doty; and athletes Larry Morts, Bob Summers, John Shaffer and Kirt Davis.

School board members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19.