Also Tuesday, the board approved the purchase of three school buses: one 66-passenger bus with a handicap lift, a 72-passenger conventional bus, and an 84-passenger transit style bus. The low bid was from Midwest Transit for $295,215. The bus replacement budget for the year is $326,000. Two old buses were traded in for around $8,000, said Charles Tait, business manager and assistant superintendent. A third will be kept as a spare.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor honored board member David Herr for his service as board president in 2013. He said Herr was actively involved and a pleasure to work with.“David was an outstanding leader and engaged in what we were doing educationally and from a construction standpoint,” Taylor said. “Your leadership was evident in almost everything we did.”Herr was presented with a plaque for his service.“I appreciate this,” he said. “It’s kind of cool because there is one of these hanging in my mom’s house, with my dad’s name on it.”Taylor also recognized 13 Lebanon High School band members who have qualified to play in the state solo ensemble: Thomas Lucas, Triston Fischer, Bailey Peycha, and Christian Wilson in the sax quartet; Lucas DeBard for snare solo; Megan Elliott for Flugelhorn solo; Emily Fleck for trumpet solo; Ian Henshaw for horn solo; Alex Kraft for trumpet solo; Johnny Legocki for euphonium solo; Emily Merritt for flute solo; Morgan Rowe for alto sax solo; and Christian Wilson for tenor sax solo.
The LHS band has not seen this many members qualify for the state ensemble in a long time, Taylor added. The state contest is March 1 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.