Yoder Re-Elected BCS Board President; Peitsmeyer Hired as Football Coach


The Bellefontaine Board of Education had its first meeting of 2024 Monday night in the Distance Learning Center.

First, the board met for their annual organizational meeting. Colin Yoder was re-elected board president. Mark Fissel was re-elected board vice president.

The board approved their meeting schedule for 2024. Board meetings will be held on February 12th, March 11th, April 15th, May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, August 12th, September 9th, October 14th, November 11th, and December 9th. Each monthly meeting will be held in the Bellefontaine High School Distance Learning Center at 6:30 p.m.

The Bellefontaine Examiner and WPKO Radio were designated as the official media outlets of the school district.

Karen Wilson was appointed the OSBA (Ohio School Boards Association) delegate for ’24. Colin Yoder was appointed the OSBA alternate for this year.

After the organizational meeting adjourned, the board held its monthly meeting.

In personnel, teachers Shannon Hodge, Nichole Watkins, and Elaine Keller were approved as substitutes for the second semester of ’23-’24. Becky O’Rielley was approved as a home/school tutor. Tonya Anderson was hired as a food service worker.

The following were approved for the remainder of ’23-’24 under the Ohio 1 year temporary non- bachelor’s substitute teaching license:

  • Faith Denkewalter
  • Aliya Furton
  • Angela Lowe
  • Andrew Phillips
  • Owen Standley
  • Ethan Yoder

Marsi Diodati was hired as a substitute van driver.

The board accepted the resignations of educational aide Joanna Eaton and maintenance worker Jared Patterson.

Two supplemental contracts were approved. Aaron Peitsmeyer was hired as the new varsity football coach. Peitsmeyer was the Chiefs’ associate head coach in ’23. Aaron, who graduated from BHS in ’02, played football for his father, Greg Peitsmeyer. Aaron was an assistant coach at Marysville for 15 years (‘07-‘21). He was the defensive coordinator on the ’21 team, which advanced to the Division I regional final. Peitsmeyer is a business teacher at BHS. He succeeds Jason Brown, who led the Chiefs for the last 4 seasons. Chelsea Jay was hired as a musical production assistant.

The board accepted a donation of $2,500 from Kemba Financial Credit Union to pay for outstanding student lunch charges.

Finally, the board recognized January Seniors of the Month Mia Oppy and Harper Scott. They each received an achievement pin and a $15 gift card to Ron’s Pizza.

The next board meeting will be on February 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Distance Learning Center.