RCAPS enters into purchasing agreement for buses

REED CITY – Reed City Area Public Schools entered into a purchase agreement Monday with Holland Bus Company and Lake Osceola State Bank in order to buy six buses for the district.

At its October meeting, the board of education approved Superintendent Steve Westhoff to move forward in a deal with Holland Bus Company to lease and purchase six buses over the course of six years. LOSB agreed to finance the deal.

“Lake Osceola State Bank was awesome in the rate they offered to the school district to purchase these buses,” Westhoff said.

The new buses are expected to arrive in December.

Also at the meeting, the board approved an incentive system to train teachers on using student data. Through courses offered by the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District, RCAPS staff can achieve three different levels of certification in analyzing student assessment data, measuring performance growth and improving teaching in response to the data.

Teachers will be offered a $100 stipend for silver certification, $250 for gold and $500 for platinum.

“Way to move us along quickly, Mr. Westhoff,” said Dan Boyer, board president, in response to his proposed certification system. “I’m glad we have something to offer our certified staff.”

In other business, the board:

  • Approved the transfer of the Mable M. Porteous and William L. Porteous Scholarships to be managed by the Fremont Area Foundation instead of the school district, per the request of Mable Porteous. The process for receiving the scholarships, intended for Reed City students, remains the same;
  • Approved additions to the winter coaching roster;
  • Supported a resolution supporting the MOISD in applying for a state Consolidation of Services grant; and
  • Completed a first reading of a new policy for recall of certified staff. The board will vote on whether to adopt the policy at its next regular meeting. “With some of the changes we had in our teacher contract, we want to have a firm recall policy,” Boyer said.

Also during the meeting, the outdoor education class gave a presentation on the success of its haunted trail fundraiser.

The next regular board meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 in the board room.