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City schools eyes future renovations (Audio included)

The Bellefontaine Board of Education conducted their final meeting for October Monday night. Renovations to the high school and intermediate school (old middle school) highlighted the discussion.

With the completion of the elementary and middle schools, Superintendent Beth Harman shared a three-year plan of work to be done to the other two buildings. The work would begin in 2014.

Harman talks about the three-year renovation plan.

Windows, plumbing, the roof, the parking lot, and the track would be addressed at the high school. The track needs to be replaced. Money has been set aside from the permanent improvement fund for the track.

The intermediate school roof will be addressed in 2015. Plans were also discussed to fix the ceiling of the gym.

The middle school was awarded the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Grant. The grant, written by Principal Shanel Henry, is worth $19,000. In lieu of upcoming state changes in testing, middle school staff will get training and provide input to the topics that will be covered. The staff will assist in the writing of the questions. The goal is to try and provide students a “heads up” of what to expect on the new tests.

Galvin discusses the middle school grant.

The district is part of EPC (Educational Purchasing Council). The EPC, which represents a large number of schools, is in the process of a submitting a bid to get lower rates on electricity.

No bids were received at the auction for the district’s property on 336 Colton Avenue. The district still wants to sell the property.

The board accepted the resignation for purpose of retirement from middle school science teacher Doug Quay. Mr. Quay’s last day will be May 30, 2014. He taught for 35 years.

Darin Vermillion was named the assistant bowling coach. The spot became available with the large number of students interested in bowling. Vermillion had to resign his position as the assistant middle school girls coach to take the job.

Erin Henry will be the only 8th grade girls basketball coach. Tracy Gregg will be the only 7th grade girls basketball coach. Kayce Horn, who helped Deer last year, resigned.

Emily Pequignot will assist head coach Sharon Lewis with the swimming team.

Cody Lyons and Kylee Croston were named the high school students of the month for October.

The board will only meet once in November, on the 18th at 6:30 p.m.

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