NEW FRANKLIN  The purchase of a new school bus was approved by the Manchester Local School Board at its November meeting, as part of it regular schedule to replace one school bus per year.

The school bus will be purchased from Truck Sales and Service of Canton. Two bids were received. Manchester School District Treasurer Jennifer Rucker said the five-year lease will be handled through Chase Bank of New Franklin at a cost of $91,664.

The district has a fleet of 20 buses.

In other business:

- Manchester Local Schools Superintendent Dr. James Robinson announced that Ohio’s State Board of Education has granted Nolley Elementary School a 2016-17 Momentum Award. Now in its third year, the Momentum Award program is the state board recognition of schools that have received As on each Value Added measure included on Ohio’s school and district report cards.

"You school report card for the 2016-17 school  year shows your pupils enjoyed greater than expected growth in reading and mathematics. Your accomplishment makes you part of an elite group of schools that are ensuring the academic growth of students from every background and activity level," stated Tess Elshoff, president of the State of Ohio Board of Education, in a letter to the board.

- Board members commented on the success of the fourth annual Leadership Day held at Nolley Elementary. In a school building report, Nolley Principal Christi Pappas said that 160 community guests attended. Board member Randy Hoppe commented that there is a positive environment at Nolley.

"The students are genuinely happy to be there and proud of their school," Hoppe said.

Board member Cindy McDonald said it was her first time attending the event and she was very impressed by how the students showed community members around their classrooms. Board President Richard Sponseller said he enjoyed talking to the students and noted how precious they are.

Leadership Day celebrates the successful implementation of "The Leader in Me" program. Visitors observed how the "7 Habits" program has made an impact on the climate at Nolley Elementary. Students taught the 7 habits, checked-in and greeted  guests and gave school tours.

- Robinson thanked the district PTA for collecting food items for their annual Thanksgiving food drive. The PTA was able to help 48 families in the community. Nolley and Manchester Middle School students helped collect for the drive.

- District Curriculum Director Rachel Willis reported on recent testing for students to identify them as gifted students. Robinson reported that the state board of education has now required that teachers working with gifted students must have an additional 30 hours of training. Willis explained that the district has two gifted intervention specialists, but a number of teachers are working towards the required 30 hours of training this year.

"Our students are tested in 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 10th grade," Willis said. "We give the Stanford Achievement Test and Otis-Lennon School Ability test to our students in 2nd, 6th, and 7th grade. And the Otis-Lennon School Ability test to our 10th graders."

- In personnel, the board approved the appointments of the following classified personnel: Jake Hanzek, substitute custodian; Rebekah Jolly and Katie Whiston, substitute aides. The board approved the following supplemental appointments: Jay Anker, volunteer girls basketball coach; Autumn Brown, JV girls basketball coach; Travis Caskey, middle school wrestling coach; Loralee Daily, 7th grade girls basketball coach; Jake Hanzel, middle school volunteer assistant wrestling coach; Shawn Johnston, varsity baseball coach; Kayci Krzynowek, varsity assistants girls basketball coach; Gery Noirot, 8th grade boys basketball coach (co-head); Steven Rebillot, 8th grade boys basketball coach (co-head); Jacob Stahl, 9th grade boys basketball coach; Melissa Tippin, volunteer high school singers choir assistant (new position).

The next board meeting will be at 6pm, Tuesday, Dec. 19.