Bellaire schools may need new chief

BELLAIRE SCHOOL District Superintendent Tony Scott may be moving on.

Scott, who was recently granted a contract extension by the Bellaire Board of Education, is one of three finalists for the Kent City School District’s superintendent’s post.

The Kent Board of Education will announce its decision on Monday at 7 p.m. The district is located in northeast Ohio.

Scott and the other two finalists took part in a public forum this past Monday in the Theodore Roosevelt High School auditorium where community members were able to pose questions directly to the trio. Some 80 people were in attendance.

The other two finalists are George Joseph, executive director of administration services at Worthington City Schools in central Ohio, and Paula Snyder, director of human resources and student services at Orange City Schools in northeast Ohio.

The Bellaire Board of Education has called a special meeting for Monday morning to discuss personnel.


THURSDAY WILL be a somber day in The Times Leader family. That will mark the one-year passing of beloved staffer Rich “Hoot” Gibson. Hoot was an iconic figure in our business, writing with wit, humor and incisiveness that is all too lacking in our profession. Hoot invested 32 years of classic work with us at the paper. He had few — if any — writing peers. But as good as he was as a scribe, Hoot was an even better man. I cherished his camaraderie and friendship. Hoot has been gone a year, but his memory remains much alive in our newsroom.


CONGRATULATIONS GO out to John Magistro. He is finally getting his just due by being selected as an inductee into the state’s prep football coaching hall of fame. His tenure at Bellaire High is well documented and steeped in nothing but success. He is now weaving his magic at Westerville Central. John cut his coaching teeth at his alma mater, serving as St. John Central’s freshman grid coach, with yours truly a member of his inaugural squad which went 2-2-2. Even though he was a coaching pup, he exhibited all the ingredients to be a major success story. John has personified class and sportsmanship every step of the way.

THE ST. CLAIRSVILLE Area Chamber of Commerce is losing an integral part of its operations on July 1. Administrator Katyn Gross is leaving the chamber for employment in western Pennsylvania. Gross has accepted the position as Administrative Manager at the Greater Washington County Food Bank near Washington, Pa. The Food Bank serves 3,400 families throughout Washington County. Katyn handled her chamber post with class and professionalism. We wish her nothing the best in her new post.

CAMBRIDGE HIGH School’s football home — McFarland Stadium — is getting a major facelift to the tune of $62,000. The upgrades include a permanent restroom facility and new seating on the visitors’ side.

TICKETS STILL remain for Bob Ney’s featured address at St. John Central on Wednesday. Ney, a 1972 SJC grad, is the initial keynote speaker at the school’s Eagle Legacy Dinner Series. Ney, a former U.S. Congressman, will discuss topics from his run-ins with Jack Abramoff, Speaker of the House John Boehner and many other events of his life captured in his book Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill. There will be a book signing or a chance to get your photograph taken with Ney immediately following dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance are available at St. John Central High School (740) 676-4932, and the Bellaire Dairy Queen 676-2508.

THE WORLD Cup has raised the soccer interest in the U.S. to a fevered pitch. I am anxious to see how passionate Americans are once football starts in September.

LAST SUNDAY’S feature in the Times Leader about the Cemetery Walk, planned tonight from 6-9 in Martins Ferry’s Walnut Grove Cemetery, brought an unexpected reaction from one reader. John Applegarth, who is portraying Dr. Simon West in the event, received some anonymous mail. Inside was his picture cut from last Sunday’s newspaper, and printed on it were the words, “Dr. Simon West rises from the grave.”

LEBRON JAMES has cast himself a free agent, opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat. My hopes are that he returns to Cleveland and leads the young and talented Cavaliers to several NBA titles. I don’t think that happens for one reason: the scathing remarks made by Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert four years ago when King James revealed his exit strategy to South Beach. I say Lebron goes Hollywood and signs with the Clippers.

THE TOLL-FREE number of the Belmont County Veterans Service Office is no longer active. Anyone needing to contact the office can reach it at 740-325-1042. Work is continuing at the satellite office in Barnesville and will be opening soon.

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