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Bellefontaine BOE recognizes 4 seniors; names new band director (Audio & video included)

The Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education held their first of two April meetings Monday night. Four seniors shared the spotlight.

Alexa Haushalter (pictured left) was recognized for being the Daughters of the American Revolution winner, winning the Franklin B. Walter Award, and for being a National Merit Finalist.Introduced by Debbie Ellis, Alexa was cited for her significant math achievements. Alexa will attend Stanford University this fall. She is a reporter at WPKO & WBLL and peakofohio.com.

Rohan Prasad’s (right) achievements are in science.  Introduced by Cathy Wiley, Rohan qualified for the district Science Fair and the International Science Fair in May. Rohan is still undecided on his college choice.

Kinsey Harman and Gage Easton are the high school’s March students of the month.Kinsey will attend Miami University.Gage plans to attend The Ohio State University.

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Watch Kinsey Harman and Gage Easton presentation.

Fifth-grade teacher Denise Johnson updated the board on the next phase of Race to the Top.In this phase curriculum customization, standard test generation, and data analysis are three of the areas that will be addressed.Part of the teacher evaluation process will be based on how well core objectives will be taught.How students will be graded will eventually be based on how well they did over the tested material and their demonstration of the understanding of the desired objectives.

Beth Harman discusses Race to the Top features.

Logan County Education Foundation head Eric Tom announced to the board that the foundation will distribute nearly $53,000 in scholarship money to worthy county seniors. Winners from Bellefontaine will be announced on May 20th.

Treasurer Keith Krieger presented the board with a bond resolution scenario in which a portion of the interest being paid on the construction of the new middle and elementary buildings may be refunded because of decreasing interest rates.Krieger said that it is still early to determine if that will occur because of the uncertainly in Washington.He added, however, if the bond resolution resolves as hoped, the district could save a million dollars in interest payments.

Krieger discusses bond resolution.

Nicholas Pelfrey was named the new high school instrumental music teacher replacing Joe Antram. Mr. Antram is retiring at the end of the year.Pelfrey, who is from Westerville, will serve as the band director.Details concerning his salary and when his duties will officially commence are yet to be determined.

Gavin Yoder was named the new middle school assistant principal.He replaces Matt Comstock who became the new athletic director at the high school.Comstock’s middle school athletic director’s position remains unfilled.

High school English teacher Pat Zell resigned as of May 31st for the purpose of retiring.Mrs. Zell taught for 11 years in the district, 13 overall.

The board will next meet April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the high school’s district learning center.

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