BCS strongly recommends masks

BCS strongly recommends masks
Posted on 08/17/2021
Bellefontaine board meeting

The Bellefontaine Board of Education worked through a lengthy agenda during their monthly meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Brad Hall gave an update regarding masks.

Hall reported that Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott issued a statement to all school personnel Monday afternoon.

Hall said, “Due to the significant increase of COVID-19 cases and the contagiousness of the Delta variant, Dr. Hoddinott strongly recommends that all school employees, students, and visitors wear a mask inside all schools.

“To be clear, strongly recommended does not mean that he requires it. I urge all of you to join me in following Dr. Hoddinott’s strong recommendation to wear masks until we hear differently from him.”

There are 179 cases per 100,000 residents in the county.

Hall added that proper ventilation is critical in each room.

Executive Director of Administrative Services Roger Ely recapped several summer projects.

At Bellefontaine Intermediate School, a 30-year-old roof was replaced with a membrane roof and a new boiler was installed.

A new door was installed at the elementary school nurse’s office.

Previously, students had to walk through the school office to access the nurse.

Ely reported the maintenance staff has finished the LED lighting project.

The project will save the district $185,000 to $200,000 in electricity costs over the next five years.

Each building was disinfected over the summer.

Technology coaches Meagan Young and Kate Smith addressed the board.

Young will work in grades 6-12 and Smith will serve grades K-5.

They touted the advantages of blended learning, which focuses on the pace, place, and path for individualized instruction for all students.

The instruction will feature 55 percent non-tech, 35 percent tech, and 10 percent flex.

Every student in grades K-12 will have access to a Chromebook this year.

Blended learning expert Marcia Kish led a professional development workshop with all teachers last Friday. She will return to BCS each month throughout the school year.

In personnel, Superintendent Hall and Treasurer Josh Wasson each received five-year contract extensions.

Each contract runs through July 31st, 2027.

Hall is entering his eighth year as the superintendent.

Wasson has been the treasurer since January 1st, 2020.

Shelby Mifsud was hired as a 3rd grade English Language Arts teacher.

Bellefontaine opens the school year on Tuesday.

The next board meeting will be September 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the distance learning center.
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