Beallsville High needs to remain open

IT IS a special time for our high school seniors. Graduations loom, hopefully, serving as a gateway to an exciting and prosperous future.

It is also an upbeat time for juniors, perched on the cusp of their senior years — a time where they are the student body leaders, having more input and clout on school goings-on than their previous 11 years.

Unfortunately, such is not the case at Beallsville High School. The Blue Devil junior class is being held hostage by the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education.

The current school year is quickly morphing into summer recess and, unfortunately, Beallsville students (8-11) do not know what high school they will be attending next year.

The Switzerland of Ohio BOE is pondering not reopening the high school this coming August. That is a definite and unfortunate possibility.

The board met Thursday night and failed to address the situation, despite a Blue Devil-flavored crowd.

The potential move is a result of the district’s financial woes.

Beallsville is a very proud community. The school is the centerpiece. Remove the high school and the community will be forever damaged.

I find it hard to believe that as we approach late May, the board has not made a definitive decision. Shutting the school down during summer recess is unfair to everyone involved with the school, especially athletes, cheerleaders and band members.

I realize the Switzerland of Ohio School District is in bad financial shape.

But would keeping Beallsville High open for another year create a fiscal catastrophe? I think not. Would shutting it down now, solve the district’s problems? I know better.

I have had many dealings with the Blue Devil Nation. It is a hard-working and family-oriented group that boasts great pride in its community and schools.

To close Beallsville High School would yield much anguish and upheaval. To close it at this late date, would be heartless.

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PLEASE KEEP Jake Olsavsky in your prayers. The former prep football coaching legend is battling serious medical issues. Jake is one of the classiest individuals that ever graced the coaching profession.

THE PROPOSED hydroelectric power plant at Pike Island Dam is an intriguing possibility. It would be a unique undertaking, offering a nice dose of renewable energy as well as boundless economic growth for the area. I hope it comes to fruition.

THE FORMER wife of Tiger Woods graduated last week from Rollins College in Florida. Elin Nordegren was awarded the outstanding graduating senior award and finished with a 3.96 GPA.

PRE-SALE CARNIVAL ride tickets for the All-American Days Festival are available at the mayor’s office, Bellaire Area Chamber of Commerce, Lil Gerardo’s and Bev’s Boutique and Gifts. Pre-sale tickets are $12. During the festival, tickets will be $20 and $15 for the?Saturday afternoon. The festival is planned for June 5-7 at Bellaire’s Historic Park. For additional information, call 740-676-4817.

POWHATAN POINT is holding a town hall meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the municipal building. The meeting will focus on the “Moving Forward of Powhatan Point.” The topic of discussion will be improvements to the village.

BELLAIRE AMERICAN Legion Post 52 and Bellaire VFW Post 626 will be placing flags on veterans’ graves at Davis, Rock Hill, Greenwood and Mt. Calvary cemeteries. No date has been set for the flag placements. If any grave is missed, call the Legion post or veterans’ service office in Bellaire.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com

Beallsville High needs to remain open

IT IS a special time for our high school seniors. Graduations loom, hopefully, serving as a gateway to an exciting and prosperous future.

It is also an upbeat time for juniors, perched on the cusp of their senior years — a time where they are the student body leaders, having more input and clout on school goings-on than their previous 11 years.

Unfortunately, such is not the case at Beallsville High School. The Blue Devil junior class is being held hostage by the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education.

The current school year is quickly morphing into summer recess and, unfortunately, Beallsville students (8-11) do not know what high school they will be attending next year.

The Switzerland of Ohio BOE is pondering not reopening the high school this coming August. That is a definite and unfortunate possibility.

The board met Thursday night and failed to address the situation, despite a Blue Devil-flavored crowd.

The potential move is a result of the district’s financial woes.

Beallsville is a very proud community. The school is the centerpiece. Remove the high school and the community will be forever damaged.

I find it hard to believe that as we approach late May, the board has not made a definitive decision. Shutting the school down during summer recess is unfair to everyone involved with the school, especially athletes, cheerleaders and band members.

I realize the Switzerland of Ohio School District is in bad financial shape.

But would keeping Beallsville High open for another year create a fiscal catastrophe? I think not. Would shutting it down now, solve the district’s problems? I know better.

I have had many dealings with the Blue Devil Nation. It is a hard-working and family-oriented group that boasts great pride in its community and schools.

To close Beallsville High School would yield much anguish and upheaval. To close it at this late date, would be heartless.

BUBBA’S BITS

PLEASE KEEP Jake Olsavsky in your prayers. The former prep football coaching legend is battling serious medical issues. Jake is one of the classiest individuals that ever graced the coaching profession.

THE PROPOSED hydroelectric power plant at Pike Island Dam is an intriguing possibility. It would be a unique undertaking, offering a nice dose of renewable energy as well as boundless economic growth for the area. I hope it comes to fruition.

THE FORMER wife of Tiger Woods graduated last week from Rollins College in Florida. Elin Nordegren was awarded the outstanding graduating senior award and finished with a 3.96 GPA.

PRE-SALE CARNIVAL ride tickets for the All-American Days Festival are available at the mayor’s office, Bellaire Area Chamber of Commerce, Lil Gerardo’s and Bev’s Boutique and Gifts. Pre-sale tickets are $12. During the festival, tickets will be $20 and $15 for the?Saturday afternoon. The festival is planned for June 5-7 at Bellaire’s Historic Park. For additional information, call 740-676-4817.

POWHATAN POINT is holding a town hall meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the municipal building. The meeting will focus on the “Moving Forward of Powhatan Point.” The topic of discussion will be improvements to the village.

BELLAIRE AMERICAN Legion Post 52 and Bellaire VFW Post 626 will be placing flags on veterans’ graves at Davis, Rock Hill, Greenwood and Mt. Calvary cemeteries. No date has been set for the flag placements. If any grave is missed, call the Legion post or veterans’ service office in Bellaire.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com