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BCS celebrates report card success

Bellefontaine City School officials celebrated an announcement at Monday evening’s board of education meeting that the district has attained a top-rated “excellent with distinction” rating on its district report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

“We’ve come a long way in the past three years,” Superintendent Beth Harman said. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this success after putting in a lot of dedicated efforts toward improvement.”

Although these ODE report cards typically are released during August, the statewide investigation into school attendance figures has delayed the release of the reports for all districts this year.

Schools received preliminary data last month, and more recently have been given their formal ratings. Districts are still awaiting the release of “official” report cards, Superintendent Harman said.

Dennis Showalter, recently retired executive director of instructional services, related some of the large strides in student data that BCS has achieved during the last three years.

In the 2009-10 report card, the district was rated “effective” and attained 15 out of 26 state indicators. Last year, its rating was raised to “excellent,” with a total of 18 out of 26 state indicators met.

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For the most recent report that looks at the 2011-12 school year data, a total of 25 out of 26 indicators were met, and BCS also achieved a performance index score of 98 out of the highest possible score of 120.

Meeting 96.2 percent of its state indicators this year qualified BCS for the “excellent” rating, but its rating was boosted to “excellent with distinction” because of its performance on the value-added section, Mr. Showalter noted.

This report card measure looks at whether students are achieving a year’s worth of growth during the school year, and the district has scored “above” one-year’s growth for the past three years.

“I’m proud of our staff and our students,” Mr. Showalter said. “Our students are working hard to improve their skills, and our teachers are working overtime to make these gains.”

“This is just phenomenal,” President Joan Haushalter agreed. “This says a lot about our staff and our students about how hard they’re willing to work.

“Please pass on our congratulations to everyone.”

During the student liaison report, members noted that Northeastern Elementary School is planning a “McTeacher Night” for 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Staff members will be working at McDonald’s, 1780 S. Main St., and the school will receive a portion of the restaurant’s sales that evening.

Funds raised will support the school’s participation in The Leader in Me initiative, a leadership program promoting student goals such as being proactive, forming a plan and goals, prioritizing, and synergy, or “working together is better.”

In other action, the board:

• extended supplemental contracts to Joe Antram, high school musical orchestra director; Mark Brunswick, freshman basketball; Paula Deardurff, high school musical accompaniment; Tracy Gregg and Darin Vermillion, seventh-grade girls basketball; Erin Henry and Kayce Horn, eighth-grade girls basketball; and Emily Pequignot, high school musical assistant director;

• approved the following volunteer coaches: David Gump, high school boys basketball; Wes Legge, Cheryl Skelly; high school bowling; and Jim Sanford, high school girls basketball;

• accepted a $89,086 Teacher Incentive Fund grant for the period of Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2013;

• accepted the resignation of Desee McIntosh, cook, effective Oct. 12; 

• approved Teacher Incentive Fund coordinators Shanel Henry, Lynda Holycross and Kristine Mount to be paid a $6,000 stipend each out of the TIF Grant;

• approved $1,000 stipends to TIF committee members Laura Atwood, Katie Davis, Christine Galvin, Lori Horn, Mary Beth Motasem, Bess Standley and Beth Harman;

• approved the following teachers as home instruction tutors to be paid at the rate of $18 per hour: Tracy Brady, Marilyn Esh, Rita Hall, Victoria Kesler, Rebecca Lentz, Jim Roby, Karen Scott, Lori Wilson and Mindy Zerkle;

• approved classified staff members Kayce Horn and Cheryl Mitchell to serve as school tutors at the rate of $15 per hour;

• appointed Angel Sims as a food service employee effective Oct. 15; and

• appointed the following individuals to the Family and Consumer Science/Vocational Advisory Committee for the current school year: Fred Brackney, Linda Engelhaupt, Alan Hale, Eric Hamm and Mary Beth Neighoff.

A special meeting has been set for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the board office, to approve loose furnishing bids for the Ohio School Facilities Commission project and also to discuss a City of Bellefontaine Tax Incentive Fund.

The board will only meet for one regular session next month — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

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