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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 1:44 pm | Updated: 9:26 am, Sat Dec 8, 2012.

The Coffee County Board of Education welcomed new member Mike Bailey during a regularly scheduled meeting, Dec. 6.

Bailey is taking the place of Annette Griswold, who has served on the board since 2000.

Coffee County Probate Judge Steve Blair swore in Bailey, board member Rubin McKinnon and board President Galen McWaters, all three of whom are beginning a new six-year staggered term.

In other news, the board approved the purchase of five busses from Thomas Busses of Transportation South, at cost of $87,187 per bus.

According to Superintendent Don McPherson, a ten-year window for bus renewal from the state will reimburse the system for the bus purchases.  

“There’s a projected three to four percent increase in price next year,” McPherson said. “It just makes sense to get ahead and get the busses now."

According to McPherson, purchasing the busses this year will save approximately $30,000, or $6,000 per bus.

McPherson said after the purchase, all of the systems’ busses will be up to date and outfitted with four cameras each.

The board also approved the creation of the 2012 textbook committee for reading and literature textbooks.

The committee will consist of a representative parent from each school of the system’s four schools, a kindergarten through sixth grade teacher, seventh through twelve grade teacher and a reading coach.

In other business, each board member read through and signed a standard of conduct for board members, which is a mandatory provision of the School Board Governance Act of 2012.

In other business, McPherson announced he had been selected to serve as the statewide President of the Alabama Association of Federal Education Program Administrators.

McPherson will be serving with federal program directors from systems throughout Alabama.

The Coffee County Board of Education will meet again at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 3, at the system’s central office in Elba.                                                                                                                                        

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