Garver Named Special Ed Director; BCS Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Bellefontaine Board of Education hired a familiar face for an administrative position during their monthly meeting Monday night. Christy Garver was named the BCS director of special education. Garver started her teaching career at Bellefontaine City Schools in ’07. She taught 4th, 5th, and 7th grades, then left to start her administrative career in 2015. Garver has been the elementary principal at Mechanicsburg Schools for the last 9 years. Garver’s husband, Aaron, is a longtime teacher at Bellefontaine High School. Their family attended the board meeting. Christy is succeeding Pat Martz. Mrs. Martz was recently named the principal at Bellefontaine Intermediate School.
Garver talks with Bill Tipple about transitioning back to Bellefontaine:

The BCS Board also recognized academic excellence during their meeting. The board announced the recipients of the 14 Bellefontaine Board of Education Scholarships. The scholarships, amounts, awardees, and institutions of choice are listed below:
Board of Education Academic Scholarship – $1000.00

  • Jayda Butler – Clark State University, Daughter of Curtis and Mandy Butler

Board of Education Academic Scholarship – $1000.00

  • Kadence Jones – Ohio State University – Lima, Daughter of Kris and Stacy Jones

Board of Education Academic Scholarship – $1000.00

  • Jenna Snyder – Kent State University, Daughter of Allen and Brenda Snyder

Board of Education Academic Scholarship – $1000.00

  • Karys Varner – St. Petersburg College, Daughter of Randy and Jodi Varner

Board of Education Academic Scholarship – $1000.00

  • Averie Vigansky – University of Cincinnati, Daughter of Jeremiah and Theresa Vigansky

BHS Alumni & Friends Scholarship – $250.00

Ella Costin – Bowling Green State University, Daughter of Scott and Linda Costin

Robert L. & Helen E. Ginn Memorial Scholarship – $250.00

  • Emma Costin – Bowling Green State University, Daughter of Scott and Linda Costin

Hess Collins Family Scholarship – $1000.00

  • Zoephia Rister – Ohio State University, Daughter of Joshua and Sally Rister

Effie Patterson Memorial Scholarship – $500.00

  • Oliver Moreland – Harvard University, Son of Thomas and Rachel Moreland

Pepsi Leadership Scholarship – $1250.00

  • Ashton Carey – Wilmington College, Daughter of Chad and Jill Carey

Pepsi Leadership Scholarship – $1250.00

  • Christopher Fogan – Ohio Dominican University, Son of Shelton and Joyce Fogan

Monicha Simpson Memorial Scholarship – $250.00

  • Alexis Robinson – Ohio State University, Daughter of Jim and Carrie Robinson

James Stolly Memorial Scholarship – $1000.00

  • Zane Tevis – Ohio State University – Lima, Son of Joey Tevis and Terrence and Brandi Kinchen

Ronald H. Wisse Scholarship – $500.00

  • Curtis (CJ) Wilson – Ashland University, Son of Curtis Wilson and Amy Hunter

The board approved the cafeteria rates for the ’24-’25 school year. The district will offer free breakfast to all students. Here is a breakdown of lunch prices:

  • High School/Middle School
    Lunch – $2.50
    Reduced Lunch – $.40
  • Intermediate School/Elementary School
    Lunch – $2.25
    Reduced Lunch – $.40
    Extra milk will cost $.55 for students in grades K-12.
  • Adult prices
    Breakfast – $2.00
    Lunch – $4.00
    Milk – $.55

Board members approved the BHS Symphonic Choir trip to perform in New York City next May. Upcoming fundraisers will help offset the cost for each student. The board also approved a $10,000 advancement to the BHS Marching Band. The band must return the funds within 5 years.

In personnel, the board accepted the following resignations:

  • Tia Brenning – Middle School Electives
  • Joseph Gengler – 8th Grade
  • Chelsea Johnson – Intervention Specialist
  • Brian LeCrone – 5th Grade
  • Raechel Noble – High School Intervention
  • Melanie Strittmatter – Intervention Specialist
  • Robert Wolf – 8th Grade Social Studies
  • Alex Burton – Educational Aide
  • Tami Hardin – Educational Aide
  • Bob Hill – Bus Driver

The following hires were approved:

  • Natasha Anderson – 8th Grade ELA
  • Aidan Comstock – School Liaison
  • Jacqueline Godsey – Middle School STEM
  • Kellie Lemley – Elementary School Intervention
  • Mikael Neeley – 6th Grade
  • Hailee Price – 1st Grade
  • Courtney Salyer – 5th Grade

The board approved 6 extended days for high school guidance secretary Deborah Sheehan. Angela Lowe was approved to teach summer school.
The following substitutes were approved:

  • Michelle Meyer – Food Service Worker
  • Xavier Reames – Custodian

The following supplementals were approved:

  • Morgan Brugler – High School Color Guard Advisor
  • Russ Hogue – Site Manager (Fall)
  • James Howell – High School Boys Tennis Head Coach
  • April Jameson – FCCLA Advisor
  • Jake Kennedy – Site Manager (Winter)
  • Daulton Mosbarger – High School Chieftain Backers

The board will meet in a special session at the board office on June 17th at 1 p.m. The board will go into executive session to discuss the annual evaluations of the superintendent and treasurer. The next regular board meeting will be on July 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Distance Learning Center at BHS.