DELPHOS —Delphos City Schools are preparing for visits from two special officials this month.

State Rep. Bob Cupp will visit on March 22 and on March 27, Paolo DeMaria, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Ohio Department of Education, will be in Delphos.

Cupp is visiting to talk to the administration about state funding because he sits on that committee in Columbus. Franklin Elementary, national “Blue Ribbon School” nominee, will be the focus of DeMaria’s visit.

The school board will accept bids for school buses and a van to determine the financial needs of the district to upkeep its fleet. The board announced Monday the bids would not be awarded but used for planning.

Roger Miller from RODOC, which services all the vehicles for the school, spoke Monday and gave suggestions on the buses the district might want to replace first and which could go a little longer. Miller recommended two buses and a van his research showed were costing the district the most per mile to upkeep and had major body issues. Miller noted that conventional school buses have a longer warranty, are easier to maintain and have better visibility for the driver.

The board also accepted the resignation of Doug Westrick as Jefferson Middle School principal effective June 28 in preparation for Westrick’s move to the administrative building as superintendent on July 1.

Westrick will relieve Interim Superintendent Faith Cummins.

Josh Vasquez was approved a homeschool instructor for five hours a week for one student.

Spring sports volunteers were approved, including Keith Lenhart, varsity boys track; and Rileigh Stockwell, junior high girls track.

Out-of-state field trips were approved for middle school students to travel to Sky Zone in Fort Wayne as fundraiser incentive on April 18; and band camp in Adrian, Michigan, from July 15-19 and a tip to Orlando, Florida, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, 2020, for the Citrus Bowl.

The board also accepted a $700 donation from Delphos Youth Organization for gym equipment.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Franklin cook Joyce Myers beginning with the 2019-20 school year and assign with her present school bus route the shuttle of students between Jefferson and St. John’s and the preschool students to Spencerville;

• Accepted the resignation of Luke Taviano as aide in the Delphos Digital Academy;

• Accepted the resignation of Kevin Klaus as Landeck custodian effective June 28; and

• Approved changing the retirement dates for Sandy Fruchey, bus driver, to April 30 (0riginally May 30).