Houston school board approvess purchase of buses

PERRY -- The Houston County school board approved the purchase of 10 school buses with state and local funds at a meeting Tuesday.

In January, the school board accepted a bid from Nalley Motor Trucks to lease or purchase the buses at a cost of just under $110,000 each.

By October, state officials notified the system it would be receiving $457,000 from bond proceeds toward six of the buses, with the stipulation that the system use those funds to purchase and not make lease payments.

Houston County will supplement a total of $640,000 to obtain all 10 buses -- $201,000 to supplement the state funds for the six buses, as well as $439,000 to purchase the other four buses.

In other business, the board also approved several changes to its grading policy in order to reflect current practices, said Linda Horne, assistant superintendent for school operations.

Changes include revisions in the way students from kindergarten to second grade are assessed to reflect progress toward Georgia Performance Standards, removes A+, B+ and C+ grades for third, fourth and fifth grade students and takes out grading guidelines for students in the English to Speakers of Other Languages program.

In its place, the board will consider a new policy for 30 days addressing ESOL education.

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