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Bellefontaine school board welcomes Superintendent Hall (Audio & video included)

It was business as usual Monday night when the Bellefontaine board of education met - with one notable exception - new superintendent Brad Hall conducted the meeting instead of recently retired Beth Harman.

Hall officially has been on the job since August 1st.  According to Hall, the highlight of his short time on the job was the tour of the facilities with members of the board of education. He was impressed with the efforts of the custodial/maintenance staff.

Elementary and middle school teachers Christy Garver, Denise Johnson, and Jenny Salyer (pictured left to right) shared with the board what they accomplished with teaching the recently completed summer school program. Salyer worked with 50 pre K-2 graders.  Among other things, the students went to the Columbus Zoo and Young’s Dairy.

Garver had 36 third to fifth graders. Reading was the main priority. The concern with these students is maintaining or advancing their comprehension levels. Forming book clubs was one method Garver used.

Johnson had 25 seventh and eighth graders. Reading levels and fundamental math skills were emphasized.

Brad Hall discusses what has gone on in his first ten days on the job.

The board approved the bus schedule for the upcoming school year. Hall indicated that parents should not expect much change from last year. Bus drivers are presently contacting their students. If parents are unsure about the bus status of their child, Hall recommends that they call the board office at 593-9060.

Max Earick updated the board on what maintenance jobs were completed this summer. At the high school, 10 heaters were replaced, the main gym floor was resurfaced and painted, repairs were made to the roof, and holes in the parking lot were repaired. Work was done to the windows at the elementary and middle school. With some minor exceptions, Hall pronounced the buildings ready for the opening of school on August 19th.

The board approved Hall’s nomination of recently retired Harman to serve as the Bellefontaine trustee to the Logan County Education Foundation. It is a three-year term.

Andrea Jacobs resigned her half-time special education position. She obtained full-time employment elsewhere.

Bart Pattison, Biff Roberts, and Kyle Spence were approved as football assistants.

Mike Meeker, Joanna Reser, Alisa Taylor, and Cheryl Weidman received support personnel appointments.

The board will next meet Monday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m.

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Board President Joan Haushalter welcomes Brad Hall.

We encourage open dialogue among people who may disagree. Difficult conversations must be had sometimes to make progress. If you disagree, please disagree respectfully. Cruelty will not be tolerated. This is a family friendly group.
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