Four additions to site improvements in the Jay school district were approved among other items at the Jay School Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The improvements - alternates one, two, three and seven - total $527,000, adding to the $786,000 in the base bid approved by board in a previous meeting.

Each alternate approved by the board concerns construction on the districts parking lots. The alternate bids include: building the parking lot in front of the Jay lower elementary building, demolishing and rebuilding a parking lot east of the lower elementary and rebuilding the parking lots in front of Jay High School and Bulldog Arena.

Board members also approved the purchase of a 2006 Chevy 14-passenger bus. Upper Elementary Principal Marvin Stockton presented the board with the reasoning to purchase the bus.

He said that because the school's old passenger vans do not meet the federal government's side-impact standards, the bus would need to be purchased to transport students outside of city limits.

The bus costs approximately $35,000, according to Stockton.

Principals of elementary, middle school and high school presented reports during the meeting, updating board members on upcoming programs as well success on programs from the previous month.

During the reports, all principals informed the board of the dates of their second benchmark exams. Outside of the lower elementary that has already taken its benchmarks, middle school and high school began their benchmarks on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and will end them on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The board was presented with two updates from the middle report, concerning the thanksgiving dinner and the Study Island Tech Support Initiative.

The middle school collected approximately $900 of donations and good and was able to serve 25 Thanksgiving turkeys. Also in the report, the middle school faculty plans to purchase an additional 30 iPad Air 2s and an Apple server for students to use in accordance with the Study Island program.

A proposal was presented before the board from RECtec Technology & Communications to replace several out-of-date cameras in the district. No purchase or bid was accepted during the meeting.

Board members approved another proposal - Coontz Roofing, Inc. - to repair the roof of the Jay Middle School gym. The repairs will cost approximately $34,750 once finished.

During executive session, board members discussed four hirings as well as an agreement negotiated between the Jay United Support Association and the Jay Board of Education Bargaining unit.

Once the session was completed, the board ratified the agreement as well as hired four positions: Sabrina Hitchcock for intermediate math instructor, Samantha Blackwell and Kaitelyn Martin for Grand Head Start aides and Kelby Warren as a teacher's assistant for Grand Head Start.

The board also approved the reassignment of Jeana Ramsey to elementary counselor for the remaining of the current school year.