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The school board of Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools met last night to talk about the upcoming school year.

The board reflected on Ray Mehling and his retirement. Mehling officially retired at the beginning of this month.

Board members had kind things to say about the former principal, describing him as a ‘good fixture of the school corporation,’.

Mehling led the Ireland Elementary School as principal for over 40 years.

Projects for the upcoming school year were also talked about at the meeting, including adopting a new reading plan for Kindergarten through 5th grade, and a new charter bus.

The current 1980 charter bus still functions but puts the school at a disadvantage when looking for drivers due to the bus transmission. It’s used frequently, transporting student-athletes, performing arts students, and more.

The board thinks a new used charter bus would greatly benefit the school and is estimated to cost $140,000 dollars, which includes a list of repairs.

The board was also updated on construction progress for the elementary school. Constructions officials say the school is getting closer to completion. Final steps include finding playground equipment and furniture for the school.

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