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‘The Leader in Me’ to be implemented

Examiner Staff Writer

Site completion bid awarded

Principals from three Bellefontaine City School District buildings presented information at Monday evening’s board of education meeting about a grant program being implemented at their respective schools that encourages children to practice positive leadership traits.

Also during the meeting, members accepted a low bid of $1,160,650 received from R.D. Jones Excavating Inc. of Harrod for the site completion package at the school construction site along Ludlow Road.

The site completion package includes installing landscaping, sidewalks and other finishing work for the district’s new elementary school and middle school.

R.D. Jones Excavating previously was selected as the pre-site work contractor for the Ohio School Facilities Commission project and also was contracted to complete intersection updates at Ludlow Road and Lake Avenue to make way for the new schools.

Relating to the new grant program, the Bellefontaine buildings were selected among the 60 grant recipients in the U.S. for “The Leader In Me” initiative through the Steven Covey Institute.

Together, Northeastern and Southeastern elementary schools will share a $55,000 grant, while Western Intermediate School received a grant totaling $49,211.

The program curriculum is based upon the books The Leader In Me by Steven R. Covey and 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey, and emphasizes concepts such as the importance of being proactive, forming a plan and goals, prioritizing, and synergy, or “working together is better.”

Staff members at each of the buildings went through training during the summer to prepare for the five-year commitment to the program.

Interest in the project began several years ago, when Northeastern Elementary School Principal Krista Adelsberger first went through training. She then helped to implement the program in a classroom at her school.

Mrs. Adelsberger said her students in the program were met with much success, so she recommended the leadership initiative as one to be implemented in each classroom at her building and also at other schools. 

“It seemed to me like it really had something positive to bring to our schools,” she said.

As far as measuring the impact of the program, staff members will be tracking discipline referrals, test scores, attendance rates and survey results over the next several years.

In other action, the board:

• approved the following appointments: Sara Metzler, Kim Rister and Connie Rose, food service; and Darin Vermillion, educational aide;

• approved a change in time status for Tami Johns, food service, to three hours per day; and

• approved the non-resident monthly tuition rate of $328.62 for grades kindergarten through 12.

The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday at the board office.