WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley Community Local Schools should have its bus inspections completed by the end of April. During the Twin Valley Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, Director of Transportation/Maintenance Jeff Tully informed the board things are going well with the department, but bus inspection has been moved up this year.
He explained, “Our bus inspection is normally in the summer, but the Highway Patrol has changed how they’re doing things. Normally they do it in the summer, but this year they’re starting early. Our first inspection is on Tuesday, March 27. We’ll probably get half of them done, then they’re coming back in April to finish off. By the end of April we will have all of the bus inspections done for summer.”
He added, over Christmas Break there was a boiler problem as coils blew out, but they have recently been replaced and fixed.
Spring testing sason is in “full-swing,” according to Director of Pupil Services Daniel Lewis.
“We’re doing ACT tests for our Juniors, so we’ve been working on getting the pre-test for them over the last week or so. After that, we have our Alternative Assessment for Students with Cognitive Disabilities. We’ll have our English Language Learners test as well,” he said.
“Then we have our dates set for spring testing, both for End of Course (EOC) and some retakes. Those schedules are set. Most of the testing is in April and we are ready to start rolling out those dates to parents, staff, and everybody.”
Also in testing news, Patti Holly, K-6 principal, noted the Third Grade Guarantee before-school intervention has recently begun. This is additional tests held three days a week. However, not many children did not pass their test.
Superintendent Bob Fischer had several updates for the board. First, he shared that the Workforce Development Committee has started a student intern program. All five Preble County districts have a senior who is working in a local factory. Twin Valley South’s student is interning with Bullen Ultrasonics, Inc.
He said, “This was just the model year for it. We’re hoping that program will continue to expand and that we are able to not only do just factories, but other industries as well.”
As for the bus issue — a Twin Valley Community Local School bus was stolen and then crashed — Fischer informed the board the grand jury date was set for March, 9, but he was not subpoenaed to attend.
“The young man did admit to being guilty. There will be additional things coming for that young man. For us, just so you guys are aware, I will be meeting to talk about what we can do to make the bus compound more useful,” he said.
Twin Valley Community Local Schools Board of Education will meet on Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Media Center.
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