WH School Board approves bonuses

Certified employees of the White Hall School District will be receiving one-time salary bonuses of $1,000, and classified workers will net an additional $650 by the end of November.

The perks, aimed at offsetting the employees’ increasing insurance costs, were approved Tuesday night by the White Hall School Board. Directors Dean Dancer, Dr. Raymond Jones, Connie Medsker and DonJinna Stacey supported the appropriation as recommended by Superintendent Larry Smith.

Directors Roy Agee, Scott Pittillo and Scott Ray were absent.

The bonuses are being financed through the district’s building fund, which was bolstered by a $400,000 addition at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

“This was a result of conservative projections in revenue combined with prudent spending on the expenditure side of the budget,” Smith said.

In other business, the board unanimously accepted Diamond International’s low bid of $78,230 on two 77-passenger school buses. The board approved extra funding for the addition of security camera systems for both buses.

The board also authorized usage of:

• The Moody Elementary School Annex for the White Hall Police Department’s “Operation Bring a Smile” dance and Christmas toy drive from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7;

• White Hall High School’s track and stadium for a Monday, Dec. 9, “Light Up the Night for Laurel” fundraiser to be staged by the middle and high school geometry classes of teachers Mollie Boeving and Kim Stacey, with the 5:30-8 p.m. event benefiting Laurel Smith, a student who has been diagnosed with leukemia; and

• WHHS’ cafeteria dining area for a Saturday, March 8, 2014, reunion of the WHHS Class of 2002.