BCS Board hears back-to-school update

BCS Board hears back-to-school update
Posted on 08/16/2023
Bellefontaine School Board

The Bellefontaine Board of Education heard an in-depth back-to-school update at their monthly meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Brad Hall and Director of Administrative Services Roger Ely led the presentation.

Hall reported that transportation is one of the biggest challenges at the beginning of each school year.

He said, "Transportation issues always arise when school starts. We ask that families be patient with us and each other as we start the new school year. I can’t emphasize this enough…Families…please check your Final Forms account. The transportation schedule has been posted in your individual accounts. Login, select the Transportation tab, then (most importantly) check it for accuracy. If something doesn’t look right, or is confusing, let’s get it straightened out before school starts. Call the transportation department at 937-651-3497.

"Bus routes can also be found on the BCS website highlighted in blue under the school calendar at https://www.bellefontaine.k12.oh.us/cms/One.aspx... or under the Transportation tab in Quick Links."

Hall noted that BCS transports 1,000 students each day.

Middle school and high school students will ride on the same route.

The other combined route will include elementary school and intermediate school students.

Here are the school hours for each building.

Bellefontaine High School – 7:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Bellefontaine Middle School – 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Bellefontaine Intermediate School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bellefontaine Elementary School – 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The school year starts on Tuesday, September 5th.

The board also approved the cafeteria rates for this year.

The district will offer free breakfast to all students.

Here is a breakdown of lunch prices.

High School/Middle School

Lunch – $2.25

Reduced Lunch – $.40

Intermediate School/Elementary School

Lunch – $2.00

Reduced Lunch – $.40

Extra milk will cost $.55 for students in grades K-12.

Adult prices:

Breakfast – $2.00

Lunch – $3.75

Milk – $.55

Ely gave an overview of the federally-funded high school renovation project.

The new 300-ton chiller was installed over summer break.

The chiller will cool the BHS gymnasium. It also incorporates fresh air and CO2 sensors for a healthier air environment.

New windows and seven new doors were installed at the high school this summer, which will save on heating expenses.

All the doors at BHS were rekeyed over the break.

Three main doors were replaced at Bellefontaine Intermediate School recently. Each door is equipped with card reader locks.

Finally, sealcoating was performed on the driveway to Bellefontaine Elementary School this month.

Twenty plus parking spaces were added to the BES parking lot in July.

Marc Stakey and Matt Heaston provided a technology update to board members.

New terminals have been added to lunch lines, tech forms have been moved to Final Forms, and 2,000 Chromebooks were repaired and cleaned up this summer.

In personnel, the board accepted the resignations of these employees:

Aaron Gregor - Arts/TV Production

Jill Roode - Language Arts

Bill Branan - Maintenance Worker

Amanda Fisher – Custodian

Diane Hartzler - Food Service Worker

Margarita Shell - Food Service Worker

In other personnel, the board hired the following employees:

Mark Butler - Chieftain Pride Lab Academic Advisor

Ashton Childs - 2nd Grade

Tasidee Fagg – Kindergarten

Heidi Heacock - High School Art

Olivia Starkey - Intervention Specialist

Bill Tipple was placed on the salary schedule at BA 10 (bachelor's degree with 10 years of experience) based on his extensive experience in the field of media production.

Costin Family Practice was approved as the medical provider to BCS for '23-'24 at the annual fee of $1.00.

The following substitute teachers were approved:

Madeline Baird

Gay Brunswick

Trista Denbow

Kristen Elton

Phil Forsythe

Aliya Furton

Karis Garcia

Frank Giannola

Tricia Hefner

Beth Overs

Boris Pattison

Beth Powers

Karen Rader

Madison Rader

Tom Rose

Heather Shaw

Joni Siler

Karl Smith

Mary Smith

Sara Stahler

Sharon Traul

Virginia Viveros

April White

Maureen Yoder

The following substitute employees were approved:

Robert Ball - Bus Driver

Paula Blair – Custodian

Kimberly Collier - Educational Aide

Aimee Costello - Van Driver

Trista Denbow - Educational Aide

Mary Dillard - Food Service Worker

Martha Earick – Custodian

Tonya Finch - Van Driver

Amanda Fisher – Custodian

Tim Garman - Van Driver

Linda Halterman - Food Service Worker

Debi Henry – Secretary

Toni Houchin - Educational Aide

Victoria Huffman - Van Driver

Amy McIntyre - Food Service Worker

Valerie Neeley - Van Driver

Mike Puhalla - Bus Driver

Doug Roberts - Bus Driver

Lisa Ropp - Food Service Worker

Lou Ann Sanford - Food Service Worker

Randy Schoeck - Bus Driver

Shelby Sellers - Bus Driver

Eva Skaggs - Food Service Worker

Kim Taylor – Custodian

Glenna Yelton - Bus Driver

Maureen Yoder - Educational Aide

Extended time was approved for these employees:

Morgan Fultz - Strength& Wellness Instructor - 9 days

Eric Hamm - Intermediate School Guidance - 10 days

Brice Henry - Vocal Music - 10 days

Jeremy Karg - Instrumental Music - 10 days

Julie Kurtz - Middle School Guidance - 10 days

Shalie Logan - High School Guidance - 20 days

Lindsey Maus - Middle School Guidance - 4 days

Rebecca O’Rielley - High School Guidance - 20 days

Jake Kennedy - Marketing Education - 10 days

Paula Shaw - High School Guidance - 20 days

Dawn Spangler - Elementary School Guidance - 5 days

Bill Tipple - Television/Communications - 25 days

The following supplemental contracts were approved:

Meghan Ashcraft - High School Girls Basketball Head Coach

Brooke Bahr - Middle School Basketball Sideline Cheer Head Coach

Jim Ball - High School Boys & Girls Tennis Assistant Coach

Jason Calton - Middle School Site Manager (Fall & Winter)

Johnny Boling Maurice - Middle School Wrestling Assistant Coach

Delmar Fogan - 8th Grade Football Assistant Coach

Morgan Fultz - Boys/Girls Weight Room Coordinator

Brady Hiatt - High School Girls Wrestling Head Coach

Chelsea Johnson - High School Swimming Assistant Coach

Connor Kellogg - High School Boys Soccer Assistant Coach

Jane Kline - High School Bowling Head Coach (50%)

Jane Kline - High School Bowling Assistant Coach (50%)

Alysia Kuba - High School Competition Cheer Head Coach

Aaron LaBatt - High School Boys Wrestling Head Coach

Sharon Lewis - High School Swimming Head Coach

Cam Mitchell - 8th Grade Boys Basketball Head Coach

Mike Mosbarger - Middle School Boys Basketball Assistant Coach

Tammy Overholser - High School Bowling Head Coach (50%)

Tammy Overholser - High School Bowling Assistant Coach (50%)

Hunter Pool - High School Boys Wrestling Assistant Coach

Tom Rose - 7th Grade Boys Basketball Head Coach

Kyle Spence - Middle School Wrestling Head Coach

Henry Stolly - High School Boys Basketball Head Coach

Heather Storm - High School Basketball Sideline Cheer Head Coach

Theresa Vigansky - 8th Grade Girls Basketball Head Coach

Michelle Zedeker - High School Girls Basketball Assistant Coach

The following volunteer coaches were approved:

David Overholser - High School Bowling

Brad Rader - High School Girls Basketball

Jeremy Ryan - High School Bowling

Randy Varner - High School Girls Basketball

Finally, the board approved bus routes and curriculum for the ’23-’24 school year.

The next board meeting will be September 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Distance Learning Center at BHS.

Photo: The Bellefontaine Board of Education meets in the Distance Learning Center.
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