Meeting in special session Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Tim Besserman as District Transportation Director, and voted to expel a Gillespie High School student.
Board President Mark Hayes reportedly called the special meeting because of the time-sensitive nature of the disciplinary hearing and anticipated action on approving a new contract for non-certified personnel. Non-certified union members, however, failed to ratify the proposed contract before the meeting. A new three-year contract with the district’s teachers was approved last month following lengthy negotiations.
Monday’s actions followed a 75-minute executive session to discuss personnel issues and conduct a closed-door disciplinary hearing with the high school student.
Besserman is the third Transportation Director to be hired since March. The board previously hired Michael Smith for the position, who resigned a month later in April. Brad Snyder was hired for the position in June and the board accepted his resignation in August. Snyder was subsequently hired as a full-route bus driver for the district.
Besserman will step into the position vacated by the June 30 retirement of former Transportation Director Gary Niehaus, who the board hired Monday night as a substitute bus driver.
Last month the board approved a job description for the Transportation Director to define the Director’s duties. Among other duties, the Transportation Director creates bus schedules and routes, arranges for transportation for athletic events and extracurricular activities, and ensures that buses in the fleet are properly inspected.
In other personnel action, the board accepted the resignation of Larry Goldasich as a full-route bus driver and posted the position as vacant; posted an open position for a special education bus driver; and appointed Jay Weber as a volunteer assistant cross-country coach.
Board members voted unanimously to expel a high school student and referred the student to the Macoupin County Safe Schools program. Because of the student’s status as a minor, the student was not named in open session nor was the nature of the student’s infraction discussed.
The board is expected to next meet in regular session on Monday, Sept. 27, at which time the board is expected to take action on approving the budget for the current fiscal year. The proposed budget currently is on file for public inspection at the District Administrative Office.