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The Tipton County Board of Education agreed on a school bus resolution at its monthly meeting on Jan. 9. The resolution requests that the General Assembly allows school districts to use buses as long as they are “safe and passing inspections conducted by the Department of Safety.”
Currently, buses are under a cap of 17 years of 200,000 miles of travel, no matter what condition the busses are in. Tennessee is only one of a handful of states which currently has caps, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in purchasing new busses.
Additionally, the school board had a first reading of Policy 6.4081, Safe Relocation of Students. The policy states that employees may relocate a student who is in harm from one location to another. Employees may also intervene in a physical altercation of students, if necessary.
The policy covers not only school property, but school functions, as well. After the relocation of the student, the employee will file a report of the incident to be reviewed by the principal.
The new policy will follow procedures as outlined by the director of schools, Dr. Buddy Bibb, and in keeping with state law.

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