Barr-Reeve approves 2023-2024 student handbooks, bus purchase

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May 17—MONTGOMERY — The Barr-Reeve school board approved student handbooks for next school as well the purchase of an ADA compliant school bus from Bus Corp. that is currently used by the Daviess/Martin Special Education Co-op and an incentive program for those working on Master's degrees.

Elementary principal Dena Lengacher said some changes were made to help keep the attendance policy at the elementary and middle school/high school level the same. Language was also included pertaining to requirements to go on field trips. Students must have good behavior to be able to attend.

"This is something we have always had but now are putting it in writing," said Lengacher.

Superintendent Dr. Travis Madison said with Bus Corp. going out of business and the special education co-op, which rents the buses from Bus. Corp. not having a place to store buses, the school can now purchase the bus currently used by B-R students for $20,000.

"We will get the bus in June," said Madison, adding the other schools in the co-op are always purchasing ADA buses.

As a way to build a pipeline for getting teachers certified to teach dual credit classes, the school corporation will offer an incentive of $2,000 for up to six completed Masters-level classes.

Class caps were also set now that deadline to apply to transfer has passed. Madison said classes will be capped at 88 students per grade for kindergarten through fifth grade. Some classes have already met those caps. When classes are full, a wait list is started.

The board also accepted the resignation of teacher Leah Bullock who will be moving to Cincinnati.

Graduation will be on May 27 at 11 a.m.