W-G Board remembers bus driver

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members opened Monday’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 Boday’s family.
“She was very involved with the community and the school,” Superintendent Joanne Kerekes said. “She will be missed.”
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.
“Looking at the current fleet, the board feels we can make it another year,” Kerekes said. “We 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.