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School board says good-bye to Harman (Audio & video included)

Beth Harman (right)The Bellefontaine Board of Education used Monday night’s board meeting to express their appreciation and say good-bye to someone who committed their entire education career to the school district. Superintendent Beth Harman’s last day is officially July 31st.

In her 36 years, Mrs. Harman served the district as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and for the last 5 years, superintendent.

Harman was appreciative of the great staff, administration, and community. She also commented that with the great board and Brad Hall, her replacement, working together, the future is bright.

President Joan Haushalter read a brief statement recognizing Harman’s impact on the students she taught and the many changes to the district during her tenure.

Mrs. Harman will continue to work. She was recently hired as an educational consultant with NEOLA.

Mrs. Harman discusses her retirement.

Technology coordinator Ken Sims gave a presentation on the status of the huge number of new computers that the district purchased and their impact. Sims said that 538 were bought pushing the number in the district to over 1,700.

Over 430 of the machines were bought through the Straight A Grant. 150 of those were IPads. The computers will have Windows 8 software, touchscreens, and have WiFi accessibility. Sims is thrilled that students will have access to the latest in technology but is concerned that some of the features will require staff training.

Two examples of new software are Drund and the grading software at the middle school and high school. Drund will serve as the district’s social media. Sims hopes that this will be the source that parents use to find out about events in the district. It will differ from the district’s web site because Drund will only be available to parents and staff in the district.

Grade Quick, the software used to record grades at the high school level, will now expand to the middle school. In addition, in the past teachers were expected to update parents on student progress through Edline. Teachers were expected to update them once a week. With the new software, updating parents will be an administrative task.

Ken Sims talks about the influx of new technology.

The board approved several personnel changes. Middle teachers Joel Billings and James Roby resigned their social studies and special education positions, respectively. Jenesse Kellogg will replace Roby. Jordan Reser replaces Billings. Both are Bellefontaine High School grads.

Vicci Elder was hired to replace Mary Beth Motasem as the high school Family & Consumer Science teacher. Brooke Walton is the new second-grade teacher.

Brandon Stockton will be the assistant seventh grade football coach.

The board will next meet on August 11th at 6:30 p.m.

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Watch board president Joan Haushalter recognizing Harman.

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