Bridgeport schools enjoy smooth start

SO FAR, so good for the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District.

The 2012-13 school year is off to a smooth start, according to all three principals, while the recent county-wide in-service day drew rave reviews.

“Most of the teachers had their rooms all ready prior to the first day of school,” explained elementary school principal Kamaron Sabinski during Thursday night’s regular monthly meeting of the district’s board of education. “The building looked so nice that some of the teacher’s even commented on their rooms being so clean.”

Anne Haverty, the new middle school principal, re-iterated Sabinski’s comments.

“The building was so nice and clean, and ready to go,” she added. “My transition has been smooth thus far.”

High school principal Rob Zitzelsberger said, “This year was the best to start, and I’ve been here 10 years. The building looked really nice.”

Several students were honored with certificates of appreciation for their part in the in-service day. They included Brittany Higgenbotham, Amber Millard, Samantha Ignacek, Maclaine Murad, Nicole Smolenak, Mallory Fischer, Michael Pyatt, Kendra Rhodes, Emily Nowakowski, Bethany Barker and Brittany Stanton.

Also receiving certificates for student achievement were Jalyn Teasdale (third grade reading, top score in district 507); Zack McKivigan (third grade math, top score in district 504); Farah Hawk (fourth grade reading, top score in district 478); and Austin King (fourth grade math, top score in district 471).

Another special honoree was Kolt Hess. He was given a student achievement certificate for his honesty. Hess found some money on the floor in a school hallway and turned it in to the school office.

“You don’t see many kids do that,” Board president Don Cash said. “He could’ve put it in his pocket and kept on going, but he didn’t.”

The money was used to purchase folders for students who could not afford them.

Kallie Myers was also honored for winning the Ohio Soap Box Derby over the summer. It was also noted that she was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd.

Four teachers were also cited for their work in attaining a $4,500 grant for the kindergarten students. They included Jill Boyer, Michelle Heilman, Cathy DePalma and Lori Greenlee.

The funds will be used to purchase Ipads and Listening Centers and the accessories needed for them.

The next meeting will be held Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.

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