By Ralph Echtinaw
St. Louis Schools Superintendent Jennifer McKittrick made time during Monday’s board meeting to praise bus driver Justin Shattuck for potentially saving a student from being hit by a car that didn’t stop for the bus.
McKittrick received a phone call from a mother who “wanted to personally let me know that Justin stopped her son from getting off the bus. He was waiting for a vehicle that was approaching. I know all bus drivers do this, but he happened to be able to grab onto the kid that was moving down the stairs when he realized the vehicle wasn’t stopping. Sure enough it blew right through.
“So I went over and personally thanked him. I think that’s great that a parent reached out to tell us those positives. I just want to get word out to my new people to obey those bus lights. We report it to the police but, unfortunately, it happens too often. And that’s a scary moment for those drivers.”
Shattuck, 41, was hired as a bus driver last April.
The board approved purchase of a 2020 Ford Transit 150 Wagon XLT from My Ford of Alma for $29,642. It will replace the district’s 2003 Chevy van. The old van will be auctioned off.
Rick Ford of Hemlock and Krapohl Ford of Mt. Pleasant tried to make a sale, too, but their bids were $100 to $300 higher, McKittrick said.
Board members were happy to give the sale to the local dealer, especially since My Ford provides the driver’s education vehicles that the school district leases.
Teachers of the month
The four schools in the St. Louis district have begun naming teachers of the month this year. McKittrick announced the September and October winners Monday.
Carrie Knause Elementary: Tina Doughty and Carol Prestage.
Nikkari Elementary: Rebecca Budka and Jessica Plont.
Middle school: Angela Starry and Courtney Wood.
High school: Jenny Everitt and Andrea Biehl
The high school will host a career fair for students on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
McKittrick said students “will go through stations of careers, updating their educational development plan, speaking with a St. Louis alumni panel, and then meeting with colleges and armed forces. A big thank you goes to Andrea Biehl, Terri Reeves, Sara Bissell for planning the event. We did this two years ago and it’s a fantastic event for our students.”
Jeff Baxter, Don Kelley, Kelly Bebow, Carrie Beeson, Valerie Kerr and Carrie Salladay were present. John Pavlik was absent.