By Nancy Lindsey\r\nThe Patrick County School Board voted unanimously May 12 to approve the lease of 12 school buses from Kingmor Supply Inc. of Mt. Crawford and Manassas, at a total cost of $914,739.\r\nThe company was the low bidder (out of three) on the project, according to Dr. William Sroufe, division superintendent. The school system will own the buses at the end of five years, he added.\r\nThe bid was also lower than state specifications, Sroufe said.\r\nDerrick Smith, transportation director, said the buses met his specifications, Sroufe said.\r\nThe bid was for 10 65-passenger buses at a total cost of $746,110; one 77-passenger bus at a cost of $78,912; and one 35-passenger bus (to transport 35 special needs students) at a cost of $89,717.\r\nDean Gilbert, assistant superintendent, said the buses will probably be received by July or August.\r\nMarvin Foley, a citizen who attended the meeting at the school board office, said he didn\u2019t agree with the buses having seven speeds and lower horsepower, which he said was not good for traveling mountain roads.\r\nGilbert said the transportation department has a fairly new bus that runs the mountain routes.\r\nFoley said he and other people in the county are concerned about the students getting out of school after half a day, which adds unnecessary mileage to the buses.\r\n\u201cI taught school 15 years,\u201d Foley said, \u201cand I don\u2019t remember getting out of school half a day. We flat don\u2019t like it.\u201d\r\nFoley said he had also heard a lot of comments about teachers using sick days on Wednesdays when they have Thursday and Friday off due to holidays. People also don\u2019t like the across-the-board salary increase that means a teacher aide gets a $75 raise and an administrator gets a $2,000 raise, he said.\r\nFoley said he would like to see directors of instruction in the classrooms more.\r\n\u201cI\u2019m just telling you what\u2019s out there and what\u2019s being said,\u201d Foley said. \u201cI appreciate what you do, and I wouldn\u2019t want to be a school teacher today. It was fun back in the \u201860s.\u201d\r\nFoley said he and other people don\u2019t like the board meeting at 2:30 p.m. when most people can\u2019t attend the meetings.\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t like it,\u201d he said. \u201cWe don\u2019t like it.\u201d\r\nPERSONNEL CHANGES\r\nFollowing closed session, the school board approved three lists of certificated and support personnel for the 2016-2017 school year.\r\nThe following list addresses only changes in personnel, not reappointments:\r\nThe board approved the hiring of Judy Ison as a math teacher at Patrick County High School; Angela Welch as an English teacher at PCHS; Katie Taylor as an elementary teacher at Hardin Reynolds Memorial School; Brittany Martin as an elementary teacher at Meadows of Dan Elementary School; Douglas Cote as an English teacher at PCHS; and Lacey Harbour as a special education teacher at PCHS.\r\nThe board also accepted the following resignations: Jesse Kelly as an elementary guidance counselor at Blue Ridge Elementary and Woolwine Elementary; Stephanie Hale as an elementary teacher at Stuart Elementary School; Kristen Welch as an elementary teacher at Patrick Springs Primary School; Liz Andrus as an elementary teacher at HRMS; Megan Willis as a special education teacher at PCHS; Megan Richardson as a math teacher at PCHS; and Megan Richardson as girls\u2019 tennis coach.\r\nThe board accepted the retirement of Debra Quesenberry, elementary teacher at HRMS.\r\nThe board accepted the following transfers: Lindsey Letchworth, from pre-K special education teacher at PSPS to elementary teacher at PSPS; Hannah Smith, from special education teacher at PCHS to special education teacher at SES; and James Eston, from elementary teacher at Meadows of Dan to elementary teacher at SES.\r\nIn the support category, the board accepted the resignation of Elaine Thomas as a part-time cafeteria worker at PCHS, and the resignation of Janet Cox as a teacher assistant at HRMS.\r\nThe board accepted the resignation of Paula Beasley as cafeteria manager at Blue Ridge Elementary School.\r\nThe board approved the rehiring of Cheryl Taylor as administrative assistant at PCHS.