Bailey Elementary School now has a permanent principal.

Bailey Elementary School now has a permanent principal.

Martha Barley started the school year as interim principal of Bailey, but the Dublin Board of Education last week approved a two-year contract with Barley, removing interim from her title.

"Working with the students and staff at Bailey has been a tremendously rewarding experience," Barley said in a release from the district.

"I would like to thank (Superintendent Todd) Hoadley and the board for the confidence they have expressed in my leadership."

Barley was hired over the summer to act as assistant principal at Indian Run Elementary, but the sudden resignation of Bailey Elementary Principal Garilee Ogden to take a job at Battelle for Kids, moved Barley to Bailey.

"Martha has done an incredible job at Bailey," Hoadley said.

"I am very proud of her for building upon a positive school climate and garnering staff and community support in such a short amount of time," he said.

"She deserves to be the Bailey principal and it gives me great pleasure the board has chosen to remove the interim tag," Hoadley said.

Barley previously worked in Upper Arlington Schools as an integration coach for 21st century skills and elementary instructional specialist.

Board members last week also approved a $6,000 contract with Riddle Investigations, a company that has worked to investigate student residency for several years.

Over the years, the investigations have saved Dublin City Schools thousands of dollars after discovering students attending Dublin schools, but not living in the district.

"During last school year, Mr. Riddle found 21 students whose parents were not living in our district, which is saving our district $222,787 for this school year alone," a report from Deputy Superintendent Michael Trego to board members said.

"So far this school year, Mr. Riddle has found eight more students whose parents were not living in our district, resulting in a savings to our district of over $70,000."

Riddle also investigates students who claim to live in the district and get tuition from Dublin City Schools funding to attend community schools, charter schools or other educational institutions.

Last school year, three students were found, saving the district $31,844, the report stated.

The board of education also voted to open public bidding for the purchase of six, 72-passenger buses.

Each bust is estimated to cost $85,500 each, said District Director of Business Affairs Annette Morud, and will cost the district about $513,000 all together.

"We have almost $500,000 from the 2008 bond and the rest (of the money) will come from the 2012 transportation equipment money from that bond," she said.

An agreement that will keep Dublin City School high school graduation at the Schottenstein Center through 2018 was also approved by board members last week.