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Bellefontaine projects optimistic five-year forecast (Audio included)

The Bellefontaine Board of Education conducted their only meeting for May Monday night. Highlighting the agenda was treasurer Keith Krieger’s projected five-year forecast.

Superintendent Beth Harman reports that barring a change in legislation from the state of Ohio, the district will remain in the “black” for the next five years. Harman indicated that some deficit spending may occur during the time period but at this point, the district does not plan to ask for new money. Board president Joan Haushalter complimented Harman and her staff for taking the necessary steps to keep the district in its positive fiscal status.

Water damage to the new middle school has slowed the project's completion. Mrs. Harman projects, however, that staff and principals will be able to begin working in the building on August 1st.

Beth Harman discusses topics from Monday night's meeting.

Recent school shootings like Sandy Hook have motivated the district to examine the safety of its buildings. The board approved with urgent necessity and waiving competitive bidding a construction project to change the front door entrance of Bellefontaine High School. The project will start when school dismisses for the summer and will be completed in time when school resumes in the fall.

The board approved a contract of $100,000 demolition project to R. D. Jones Excavating Inc. The contractor will demolish Pine Avenue School.

Levan’s Excavating bid of $231,986 was approved by the board to construct a staging area at the Bellefontaine Intermediate School (the old middle school).

Allied Environmental Services was awarded a contract for abatement work. The contract calls for removing asbestos from Pine Avenue before it is demolished.

The board approved a two-year contract with Jefferson County ESC Virtual Learning Academy. The academy is an internet-based educational delivery system for grades 2-12.

The board approved a contract with Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center for alternative school services. The program is presently designed for high school students as a replacement for punishing students with out of school suspension.

For the third year, the district will have an alternative plan for make-up calamity days. As in the past, after five calamity days, three additional days can be made up by the students receiving assignments online.

The board accepted the resignation of district librarian Nellie Schmidt. She accepted a job in the Worthington School District. Jennifer Frederick was named the new high school language arts teacher.

Supplemental contracts were renewed. Among the coaching positions approved, James Howell was named the new tennis coach for both boys and girls. Next fall will be the first time in 35 years that the tennis program will have somebody other than Jim Stein in charge.

Allison Penny (pictured left) and Rohan Prasad were recognized as the high school’s April students of the month. Julia Hunt and Brandon Wilson were honored for May. Elise Brunner and Matt Gump are the June recipients.

The board will next meet on June 10th at 6:30 p.m.

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