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BMS lauded for value-added success

Building project moves forward with loose furnishing bids

Bellefontaine Board of Education members learned about a recent achievement at Bellefontaine Middle School, and also proceeded with the next step with the Ohio School Facilities Commission building project during their Monday evening meeting.

Superintendent Beth Harman said middle school officials recently received notification that the school has been named in the top 2 percent of high-achieving school buildings across the state related to its value-added scores on the state report card.

This value-added measure tracks student growth from school year to school year, and the middle school has been identified as attaining very high growth in the 2011-12 school year.

In addition, the superintendent noted that Bellefontaine City Schools has been invited to participate in an Ohio Department of Education project called “Success Stories.”

Several district administrators and teachers have been interviewed by the ODE representatives for the initiative.

BCS was chosen for the “Success Stories” project relating to its recent improvements in student report card data. Over the past three years, the district has moved its report card rating from “effective” rating to its current “excellent with distinction.”

Relating to the building project, members approved a resolution to solicit bids for loose furnishings for the new elementary school and middle school, which are currently being constructed on about 65 acres located east of Ludlow Road.

The first advertisement for loose furnishings is expected to be placed today, with all bids to be received by Jan. 8.

As far as the building project timeline, the district should be able to begin moving into the buildings during the spring, and then the facilities are slated to open to students next school year.

During the finance report, the board authorized the purchase of an 84-passenger bus through Cardinal Stock at a cost of $87,991, which followed soliciting bids through the Educational Purchasing Council.

An eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., slated for May 31 through June 2 also was approved. The trip is being offered through Discovery Tours and will cost students $440 per person this year.

In other action, the board:

• accepted the resignation of Karen May, educational aide, effective Jan. 16;

• approved the long-term substitute pay status for Victoria Kesler, who has served in her current assignment for 60 days and will have her per diem rate adjusted according to the teacher salary schedule;

• approved an indoor track program for the district to run through March and appointed Benjamin C. Davis as indoor track coach, with no extra stipend;

• appointed Audra Boggs and Debra Vermillion as cooks effective Oct. 29 and Dec. 3, respectively;

• approved a change in time status for Olivia Chambers, cook, to three hours per day;

• approved a medical leave of absence of Sharon Harpest, cook, effective Dec. 13; and

• named Mike Vetorino of WPKO/WBLL Radio and Mandy Loehr of the Bellefontaine Examiner as the district’s representatives to the Ohio School Boards Association’s Media Honor Roll.

The board meets for an organizational meeting and work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. The next regular meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

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