Last night, the Southwest Dubois School Board discussed the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the corporation’s bus drivers.

Under the Affordable Care Act, any employee that works 30 or more hours in a week is considered to be full-time, including bus drivers. The biggest area where the impact will be felt is during the summer when drivers are needed for extra events.

Southwest Dubois assistant superintendent and transportation director Chad Schenck says the hours that bus drivers log driving for these extracurricular trips will count toward the 30-hour limit under the law. He says the new law will force changes in how the school corporation staffs bus drivers:

Schenck says bringing new drivers on board to work for the school corporation is a possibility with the Affordable Care Act going into effect. He describes the process to get one trained to become a bus driver for the corporation and says the process doesn’t necessarily take a long period of time to complete:

If you are interested in bus driver training, or know of someone who is, you (or they) can stop by the Southwest Dubois School Corporation offices at 113 North Jackson Street in Huntingburg to get an information packet or call the school administrative office at 683-3971.

Also last night, the board recognized the students of the month from schools across the corporation. This month’s students of the month were third grader Jordan Biehl of Holland Elementary, fifth grader Sebastian Street of Huntingburg Elementary, eighth grader Brayden Wibbeler of Southridge Middle School, and senior Kade Mundy of Southridge High School. Winners were chosen based on criteria that included academic performance, leadership, and character.

Finally last night, the board announced that Holland Elementary has been recommended for accreditation through AdvancED. Standards for such accreditation include purpose and direction, governance and leadership, and resource and support systems.