Bellaire schools receive another excellent rating

BELLAIRE The results of the state report cards for school districts have been known for some time. But the official reports were released recently, confirming that the Bellaire Local School District did in fact receive and excellent designation, its second such designation in the last three years.

Superintendent Tony Scott touched on that briefly as part of Monday’s monthly meeting of the district’s board of education.

The elementary and middle schools within the district also received excellent designations as separate buildings.

Elementary principal Derek Ault reported that he and fellow members of his staff are headed to a Title I conference in Columbus to give a presentation on the response to intervention strategies implemented at the school.

The school gives reading assessments to determine which kids are not on track to be reading at grade level.

Those that are deemed off track are given intervention strategies to get them back reading with their peers and those strategies have been paying off.

“It’s worked out so well that they invited us to Columbus to give a little presentation,” Ault told those in attendance.

Ault also offered his thanks for the support displayed recently at the school’s annual Longaberger Basket Bingo event. Typically the school’s biggest fundraiser, it generated in the area of $9,000.

Scott later touched on additional areas of scoring and curriculum, updating the board and meeting attendees on a February in-service day held throughout the district to discuss the impending curriculum changes.

“We worked with different aspects of the common core,” Scott said.

The first was a gap analysis, where the district took its current curriculum and paired it against the common core updates in an effort to find any gaps in the curriculum that needed addressed.

Another was vertical analysis, looking at individual grade levels and ensuring the vertical alignments of progress matched as they should.

Also on the agenda is preparing for the new teacher evaluation system that is to be implemented.

“It will be based on performance as observed by an evaluator, as well as monitoring how well each of the teacher’s students grow. It’s a whole new concept that is a lot different than the current evaluation tools,” Scott said.

Students honored during the monthly parade of champions included:

Elementary students: Ashlyn Rose, Riley Zonker, Aidan Campbell, Angela Kniesner, Lukas Canterbury, Rylie Conroy, Kai Ford, Jessica Sawinski, Jaden Bellville and Kylee Woollard.

Middle school: Jacob Bellville, Andrew McAninch, Shane McDonough, Lili Yocum, Chase Yoho, Marissa Dippel, Josh Crawford, Abbey Cusick, Jordan Mehlman, Sloane Porter and Brittany Rupert.

High school: Logan Koshenka and Helen Stoneking.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for April 8 at 6 p.m. It will be held in the high school cafeteria.

Hughes may be reached at mhughes@timesleaderonline.combell