Bellaire students praised

BELLAIRE There was a lot of praise for the students and members of the citizens committee during Monday’s regular board of education meeting here.

On Sunday, students and supporters of the district’s 5-year, 8.25-mill emergency levy gathered and held a parade and student talent show.

Bellaire High School Principal Kevin Roseberry highlighted some of the performances at the show, saying he was surprised to learn about all the hidden talents of the students and teachers in the community.

“We have some very talented people in our community,” he said.

Superintendent Tony Scott also commented on the event and thanked those who organized the parade and talent show.

“We have such well-rounded students. Great things took place and it felt good for the district,” Scott said.

There was other information also shared at the meeting.

Principal Derek McAfee, Bellaire Middle School, thanked members of the Parent-Teacher Organization after reporting on the success of a recent craft fair held by the PTO that raised $2,000 for the school.

Roseberry reported on a number of happenings taking place at the high school, including an upcoming electronics recycling drive slate for Thursday from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at the high school’s Industrial Arts building on Guernsey Street. No televisions are being accepted, but computers and other electronics can be dropped off for recycling.

In other news, the board recognized student achievement during the “Parade of Champions.”

Elementary students who achieved distinction for the month were Alec Menough, Dominique Hopkins, Joshua Cumberledge, Paulina Blank, Rocky Schau, Tyrie Lucien, John Beck, Emily Harbaugh, Audra Neff and Wayde Guzek.

Students from the middle school recognized were Elizabeth Davis, Paul Kees, Natalie Stoner, Christopher Morgan, Jenna Sawinski, Nick Barnes, Bethany Hawkins and Eric Bennington.

Members of the Bellaire Red Line were recognized from the high school. Those honored were T’Asia Green, Taylor Price, Lauren Hagiloilou, Marissa Williams, Maysi Bologna, A’Zierra Price and Alexa Williams.

The board took action on the employment of personnel following an executive session.

A motion was made to rehire Pam Carpenter, Nikki Papola, Sue Sobota, Cheryl Wallace, Suzan Homer, Diane Robbins, Gregg Bonar, Lige Ostrander, Maria Shipley and Bruce Young upon acceptance of their resignation.

Leave was approved for Jara Chirpis.

The board approved the resignations of mechanic Dustin Holyak effective March 15 and teacher aide Judy Frizzi effective April 5.

James Richards was approved as a substitute custodian and Aimee Menendez was approved as a substitute teacher’s aide and secretary, pending background checks.

The next regular Bellaire Board of Education meeting is scheduled for May 14 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.