State funding plan disturbs Bellaire BOE

BELLAIRE The state’s proposals for education funding aren’t being met with enthusiasm in the Bellaire Local School District, when during Monday’s regular meeting Superintendent Tony Scott spoke on the state budget.

According to Board Member Ron Marling, there has been a lot of chatter about Gov. John R. Kasich’s education plan while a plan to fund private schools with tax money is back, this time buried in the state budget.

“That is one of the things that has to be looked at by both the (Ohio) House and Senate,” Scott said. He also said charter schools, including online charter schools, are taking funds from the school district. Those funds include both state money and local tax dollars that “follow the students” who go to charter schools.

Other changes come will be to school district report cards that will be graded on an “A” to “F” scale for academic performances versus the “Excellent” to “Academic Emergency” scoring.

Scott said the school district is constantly working to improve and continue to use teacher “in-service” days to accomplish improvements. The next teacher in-service is slated for Feb. 15.

A meeting of the steering committee for the May 7 Operating Levy is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

In other news, the three principals of the district all spoke on their programs to promote positive behavior programs the principals said that have been paying off.

Derrick Ault, principal at Bellaire Elementary School said for the second nine week, 84 percent of the students made it out of the semester without a single negative behavior incident and nearly 80 percent didn’t miss a single homework assignment.

At the middle school, Principal Derek McAfee said fund raising has paid-off for the school and the benefit of students and taxpayers. Through the efforts of the Alumni Association, Parent-Teach Organization and the Principal’s Fund, the school was able to purchase 25 new lap top computers.

High School Principal Kevin Roseberry said it has been an outstanding nine week period and the students are getting ready for the Ohio Graduation Test that is coming up in about two weeks.

Some of those individual students were recognized during the parade of champions including six high school students who haven’t missed a single day this year and have made the principal’s list.

Those students were: Brandon Lucas, Matt Montgomery, Natori Neff, Alex Tourchette, Jenna Bellville and Aurlien Bernard.

Students from the middle school who were recognized were Anna Gianangeli, Kyle Shively, Haley Shively, Cameron Ross, Haley Ault, Noah Giffin, Sailor Myers and Brandon Willis.

Elementary students recognized during the Parade of Champions were: Brenna Banal, Kegan Haynes, Allie Ault, Mayson Sochor, Jacqulynn Gill, Tyler Vingia, Samantha Doty, Zackry Smalley, Maddy Crawford and Noah Clark.

The next regular meeting of the Bellaire Local Baord of Education is scheduled for March 11 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.