WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members opened Mondayâ€™s school board meeting with a moment of silence in honor of a school employee.
Deb Boday, who had been employed with the school district for 26 years as a bus driver, died early Monday morning at Lima Memorial Health System.
Board members collectively agreed that their hearts went out to Bodayâ€™s family.
â€śShe was very involved with the community and the school,â€ť Superintendent Joanne Kerekes said. â€śShe will be missed.â€ť
Boday was a Auglaize County 4-H club adviser and had been active with youth sports. She also had been active in the Relay for Life and was a co-chairman for the Zach Tate benefit held earlier this year.
She also was a past employee of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
In other business, board members rejected all bids for a new school bus and decided to postpone purchasing a new bus for at least another year.
A district plan calls for the board to seek bids for a new bus every two years to update its fleet, but decided to stay with what they currently have after hearing the bids. With trade-in of a bus currently in need of repairs, the lowest bid for a new bus had come in at $80,642 from Cardinal.
â€śLooking at the current fleet, the board feels we can make it another year,â€ť Kerekes said. â€śWe currently will maintain our routes with our current buses.
The district currently has eight buses.
Board members are looking at an approximate $1,500 cost to repair the bus that had been slated to be traded in.
Board members also accepted the retirement of long-time employee Pat Smith, who had been employed as a bus driver with the district for 37 years.