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Elementary and middle schools nearing completion (Audio included)

The Bellefontaine Board of Education had a brief meeting Monday night to allow board members to tour and evaluate the elementary and middle schools’ construction progress.

Superintendent Beth Harman has proclaimed August 1st as the date that faculty and staff can begin to move into the new facilities. The elementary (below), with the exception of some last minute final touches, appears to be ready. The building features large classrooms, ample work areas, and numerous technological advances to meet the needs of the approximately 600 kindergarten through 2nd graders that will begin classes this fall.

The middle school (above), however, is a different story. Damage caused by a bursting three-inch in diameter water pipe (below) was still noticeable in certain areas of the first floor. Construction was delayed because of the lengthy process of determining who was at fault for the close to $1 million in damages. Recent insurance payments have allowed workers to begin putting in additional hours to catch up on missed time. Harman indicated Monday night that the building will probably not be done by August 1st.  Electrical work, among other things, will still be in need of completion. However, she insists that the middle school offices will be open and that staff will be able to start preparing their rooms.

The district used grant money to build a walking track that will connect the new buildings to the track that circles Blue Jacket Park. Harman feels that the track will provide walkers an opportunity to explore the school grounds.

The district’s property on 338 Colton Avenue, which is adjacent to the old Southeastern Elementary, is going to be sold at public auction. The auction will be July 29th. Bids for the property will begin at $35,000.

Newly-hired high school English teacher Jennifer Frederick resigned her position.  She decided to return to her previous position at the Logan-Shelby County ESC.  No replacement has been named.

Board member Anne Reames, who serves as the district’s representative for Ohio Hi-Point, expressed her concerns about Ohio House Bill 59. The bill seeks to replace vocational school board members with community members that are not presently serving on school boards. The bill has not passed yet. Reames feels  though, that if it does pass, it will significantly change how vocational schools do business.

Beth Harman discusses several topics.

The board will meet once in July. They will meet on July 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Harman (pictured) shows the advantages of having a moving smart board.

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