The Alcorn School District Board of Education recently voted to spend over $500,000 on new purchases and annual contracts.

Among the spending is the purchase of three new school buses to replace a small portion of the district’s aging fleet.

Superintendent Brandon Quinn said the buses – being purchased on state contract from Summit Truck Group for around $60,000 each – will replace three of 15 1996 and 1998 year model buses still in operation.

Quinn said while some of the 15 are sub-buses, others are still running full routes.

“After discussing it, we feel like it is important to get on a cycle to retire some of the older (buses) and add some newer ones to the fleet,” Quinn told board members. “If we can get where we budget for that every year we won’t get back into the shape we were in a few years ago.”

Annual contracts approved by the district included $15,500 for Apptegy for the district’s website, $25,853 for the Canvas online learning platform, $13,774 for Frontline online application and personnel tracking management software and $198,000 for Capturing Kids Hearts social and emotional support training for teachers.

The school board also voted to purchase an HVAC maintenance van on state contract from Rogers-Dabbs Chevrolet for $21,297.

Three bids were accepted for bank depository services from Trustmark through June 2024, student and teacher devices from Apple and fuel from Paul Fisher Oil for the 2021-22 school year. The district will pay a floating rate of 19 cents over rack price on gasoline and diesel.

In other school board news:

Quinn told board members the construction of the Biggersville campus multipurpose building should be completed by the end of June and ready for use ahead of the new school year.

He also said the Kossuth High School band hall construction continues and crews are about one month behind schedule due to weather.

District staff retiring within the next month include Alcorn Career Technology Center teacher Dennis Deaton, Alcorn Central Elementary School teacher assistant Dinah Feazell, Kossuth High School teacher Sherlyn Haley, Kossuth Middle School teacher Mike Kimmons, Kossuth Elementary School teacher Teresa Mercer, Alcorn Central Middle School teacher Cindy Mitchell and Biggersville teacher and coach Stan Platt.

Staff resignations approved include ACMS teachers Michael Raines and Vickie Sellers and ACHS teachers Daniel Aday, Danika Aday and Rebecca Harrison.

New hires approved include ACHS Principal Jeremy Reece and SPED teacher Rhonda Burton, ACTC Digital Media teacher Carrie Greene and counselor Chanta Smothers, ACMS SPED teacher Shelby Kirk, ACES Speech Therapist Stacia Ward and teacher Caitlin Maroon; Kossuth High School teacher and coach Charles Dampeer and KMS teacher Whitney Callahan.

The next board meeting is Monday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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