At Monday night’s Chariton school board meeting, one item the board discussed was the current status of the school election in November and that there is still time for people to file to run for school board. The nomination period to file papers to run for school board ends Thursday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 a City/School Combined Election will be held in Lucas County. HFF 566, a law combining School and City Elections, went into effect July 1, 2019.

Board Secretary and District Business Manager Kylie Dittmer reported on the number of people running for each open school board seat so far at Monday night’s meeting and the fact there’s a need for more people to run.

Dittmer said that two people are currently running for the Director District 4 at large seat and that two are running for the Director District 2 seat. One person is running for the Director District 1 seat, which is to fill out the remainder of former board member Dave Rich’s term.

Dittmer said the biggest worry right now is that there aren’t any people running for the Director District 3 seat. There needs to be people running to try to fill this seat.

Anyone interested in running for school board can come see Dittmer during regular office hours at the administrative offices at 140 Albia Road in Chariton.

Dittmer also said that they hope this year’s school election is the last one where they have districts. For the next election, the school district hopes to go to five at large seats instead of having District seats.

Shortage of bus drivers discussed

The shortage of bus drivers and the district’s bus driver bonus policy was also discussed at the meeting.

District Director of Plant Operations and Transportation Corey Johnson said that the school district is currently short two full-time bus drivers and that they’re using substitutes to currently cover these routes.

Superintendent Larry Achenbach said that the sign on bonus for bus drivers in the district is $1,500. Achenbach and the board both agreed that this is a good amount for a sign on bonus.

“The $1,500 sign on bonus amount was approved a while ago and will remain the same until its changed or taken off,” Achenbach said.

Read the September 12, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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