JASONVILLE -- Prior to MSD of Shakamak Board of School Trustee's meeting Thursday evening, the board voted to keep the present officers on the Board of Finance, which are Rob Wise as president and John Gambill, secretary.
The first item on the agenda for the board's regular meeting was the swearing in of school board members Jeff Miller and Brian Stockrahm by Attorney Courtney Rowe Givens.
In reorganization of the board for 2013, the officers remain the same with Miller as president; Stockrahm, vice president; and John Gambill, secretary/treasurer.
The Board will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
During the superintendent's recommendations and requests, the board accepted the retirement of fifth grade teacher, Thomas Haseman, that will be effective at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year.
The board also accepted the retirement of school bus driver, Gerald Hardesty, who began driving for the school in 1989. Superintendent Mike Mogan presented Hardesty with a clock and a plaque for his years of service.
In other recommendations, the board voted to purchase an IC/Collins bus from Midwest Transit.
"This is the same bus that we have purchased for the past three years, and they have been good buses," noted Mogan.
Mogan also reported that following the Christmas break, it was noticed that two areas in the gymnasium floor were warped.
"There was no standing water," Mogan explained. "We have used a fan, and it has gone down somewhat. We will have to address it this summer."
During board comments, board member Jim Yeryar wished Hardesty a happy retirement.
"Think of how many kids you have seen come and go," Yeryar said.
Brian Stockrahm also wished Hardesty and Haseman happy retirements and gave condolences to Bill Johnson's family upon Johnson's death and to the family of Elementary Principal Jeff Gambill who recently lost his father.
In his remarks to Hardesty, board member Jeff Miller said it is the school bus driver that students first see of a morning.
"And that job is getting tougher and tougher," Miller added.
In other business, the board:
* Approved an FFA ski trip to Paoli Peaks after school Friday, Jan. 25 with Kenna Slough as sponsor.
* Discussed preparedness plans.
* Approved advertising of one contracted bus route for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
* Reported the school's web-site was attacked by virus.