BELLAIRE - The Bellaire Board of Education Thursday approved a new two-year contract with the Bellaire Education Association that will allow retired teachers with 30 years or more of service to re-enter the classroom as substitute teachers.
The details were hashed out during an executive session before board members reconvened to vote.
"I would just like to say that the process was one of cooperation and working together," said Superintendent Tony Scott. "From these negotiations, there will be some long term benefits the school will appreciate in years to come. It was a team effort on both sides."
The district is also exploring online school options. With cutbacks and scheduling conflicts among various issues being faced, the online route could be a better option for some.
Scott revealed other school districts in Belmont County are exploring this option.
The system that Bellaire is looking into is called A+, which will replace VLA. The A= system will help with credit recovery for students that have a deficiency for whatever reason.
This is being looked at so that students who may be struggling in certain areas can get back on track and graduate.
"We will also be looking at the students we lost to online schools, contact them and see if they would be willing to look at taking some classes online through Bellaire, which would give them an opportunity to graduate from our school," said Scott. "We will also contact our home schoolers, we have 11 or 12 of those that might be interested in that curriculum."
The online classes could also give students a more rigorous workload for those seeking more challenging classes. ACT preparation is also part of the system according to Scott.
The other superintendents that are also looking into the online option will meet early next week to discuss more details of these classes in effort to keep a sense consistency among schools in the valley.
"This is long over due and I am really excited about this," said Scott. "This is going to be a good thing for our kids. I want to make a recommendation to the board that before any kid graduates from Bellaire, they have to take an online class."
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