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Bellefontaine BOE approves Tax Incentive Fund, learns about The Guide (Audio & video included)

The Bellefontaine Board of Education had their monthly meeting Monday night. A hopeful source of revenue and exciting programs at the middle school highlighted the busy agenda.

The board approved a resolution that new businesses that locate in Bellefontaine will pay an amount for use of their parcels that will be earmarked to the city schools. The city, as an enticement, often will waive or discount the amount of property tax that the business will have to pay. The tax incentive fund is figured differently than property tax but provides schools a similar amount of income that property tax would generate.

Harman explains Tax Incentive Fund

The board heard about The Guide, a drug and alcohol program directed at 8th graders and developed with assistance from the Bellefontaine Police Department and the county court system. Chief Brandon Standley, student representative Boris Pattison, middle school counselor Becky O’Rielley and principal Shanel Henry provided a video and background. The program is unique because much of the information provided is student-generated and depictions in the video use local middle school students reenacting an arrest for underage drinking.

Standley discusses The Guide.

Marshall Verbsky and Jonathan Kelley, 8th grade representatives of the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) (pictured above) program presented the board their project that they will show at the STEM convention on November 29th. Their project focused on magnetic cars - an energy-efficient potential transportation alternative in the future.

Cliff Core, 8th grade social studies teacher presented the board the plans for the annual trip to Washington, DC. The trip is scheduled for May 31st to June 2nd, 2013. Cost is $440. Opportunity for a cost reduction is available for students who want to go but may have limited resources. The students must meet attendance, behavior, and grade requirements to be eligible to go. Core is hoping for 120 students to attend.

Katie Vetorino and Landyn Butler were honored as the high school’s October students of the month.

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Watch Vetorino and Butler discuss their selection.

The next board meeting will be Monday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m.

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