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Board hears Philly band trip proposal (Audio included)

Anne Reames and Nick PelfreyThe Bellefontaine Board of Education met for the final time in February Monday night. It was a busy night highlighted by the board hearing a proposal from high school band director Nick Pelfrey.

The band has been selected to play in the Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27th in Philadelphia. It will be the band’s first trip in four years. Pelfrey is excited about how the trip will benefit students.

The parade is one of the most historical in the country and it is great honor to be selected to perform. In addition to Philadelphia, the group will travel to New York City to see a Broadway show in addition to other attractions.

The board will study the details of the trip and make a decision about the trip at its March 17th meeting.

With approval, fundraising activities will begin with the goal being to cut down the cost for students to attend.

Pelfrey discusses Philly trip.

Motasem's Foods 2 studentsJanuary was “Board Appreciation” month.  Superintendent Beth Harman had hoped to recognize the board with a meal served by high school teacher Mary Beth Motasem’s Foods 2 class. Motasem is shown left with students Lynnea Watkins, Kay Lynn Payne, and Brendon Myers. Weather postponed the meal until Monday night.

The board approved the calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The calendar looks very similar to the present one. The difference is that the state has changed how it determines the amount of time students must be in class. Harman explained that instead of days, students are now expected to attend a certain number of hours each year.

For example, students in grades 7-12 will be required to attend 1,101 hours of school next year.  With the approved calendar, Bellefontaine students are scheduled for 1,158 hours. Out of that additional time, calamity days, delays, and special days like huddle days must be deducted. Plus the weeks can’t be altered. Districts must schedule 5-day weeks.

Harman also indicated that the district has used 11 calamity days. Presently, the district will add three days to the end of the year. The state will hopefully decide this week whether to provide relief for districts. The house approved a plan last week. The senate has a separate plan.

Harman discusses calendar and calamity days.

The board approved three-year contracts beginning August 1st for principals Krista Adelsberger, Shanel Henry, Lynda Holycross, and Pat Martz.

The middle school Mathcounts team coached by Richard Kurtz finished first out of nine teams at a competition in Lima and will advance to the state March 8th. 

Sean Davis and Michelle Edu were the high school students of the month for February. 

The board will next meet on March 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the board office, 820 Ludlow Road.

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