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Bellefontaine celebrates School Report Card success (Audio included)

The Bellefontaine School Board celebrated a milestone during their regular meeting Monday night at the board office.

For the first time in school history, Bellefontaine earned an Excellent with Distinction on the School Report Card.

The Ohio Department of Education released 2011-2012 results earlier this month.

Bellefontaine met 25 out of the 26 indicators, which are based on a majority of students meeting benchmarks in several subjects.

The standards call for 75 percent of the district's elementary and middle school students being proficient in reading, writing, math, and science.

85 percent of the high school students must be proficient in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

Bellefontaine earned an effective rating two years ago. Last year, they received an excellent.

Administrator Dennis Showalter said students made the biggest jump in science.

Last year, the district was 0-for-4 in the science standards. They achieved all four requirements on this year's report card.

Superintendent Beth Harman applauded the staff, students, and parents for their work.

Listen to her reflect on the report card and give an update on the building project.

A few supplemental contracts were approved, including: Joe Antram, high school musical orchestra director; Emily Pequignot, high school musical director assistant; Paula Deardurff, high school musical accompanist; Mark Brunswick, freshman boys basketball; Tracy Gregg and Darin Vermillion, 7th grade girls basketball; and Erin Henry and Kayce Horn, 8th grade girls basketball.

The K-2 and 6-8 building projects are running on schedule. Crews are currently working on installing windows.

The board announced that senior scholar Alexa Haushalter is the district's Honda Math Medal winner. Recipients and their parents will be recognized during a breakfast at Honda on November 1st.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30 a.m. at the board office. The board is expected to approve bids for loose furnishings in the two new buildings.

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