Local Foundation Provides Gift For BPS Activities Bus

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Public School District is getting an early Christmas gift that will greatly aid in purchase of a new activities bus.

On a night the school board authorized school administration to undertake a lease-purchase agreement for the vehicle, Superintendent Jason Alexander says the district learned of a second grant that will help defray the cost of the bus.

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The new grant comes from the Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation, named for the late sisters from the Wymore area whose gifts have benefitted several organizations in the area.

Alexander says he was notified of the donation, Monday afternoon by legal counsel of the Thomas Foundation. 

The lease-purchase authorized by the school board with Blue Bird involves a vehicle similar to one board members examined at a previous committee meeting.

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In order to get the first grant that comes from the legal settlement, the board had to act on the lease-purchase prior to the end of this year.  The new activities bus will replace a 1998, 54-student capacity bus.

The Beatrice Public Schools calendar is set for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board of Education Monday night approved a schedule that will have new teachers start on a Friday, August 2nd and add an additional day off for students and staff during the Thanksgiving Holiday period.

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The schedule would include the extra day off, Wednesday, November 27th.  Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jackie Nielsen says two calendar options were considered.

The first day of school for the year would be August 13th for kindergarten through 9th grade, with all grades in session on the 14th, including preschool.

The last day of school before Christmas break would be December 20th….and the final day of the school year….with snow dismissal days built in…..would be Friday, May 22nd.

The calendar was approved by the board on a 6-0 vote.

Last night was the final board meeting for Nancy Sedlacek, recognized by Superintendent Jason Alexander and the board.

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The Beatrice School Board advanced a measure for a final vote, that will make the change from a six-member board, to a seven-member board in January.

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