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BCS approves resolution supporting passage of Ohio Senate Bill 216 (Audio included)

Bellefontaine City Schools, Monday night, followed in the footsteps of many other districts throughout the state by adopting a resolution encouraging Ohio to pass Senate Bill 216. Overall, the goal is to decrease the amount of control the state has over governing local school districts. Bellefontaine wants to have more of a say in their policies.

The following are some of the changes that would occur if adopted:

  • consolidate teacher licenses into grades K-8 and 6-12.

  • implement changes to the state's teacher evaluation system.

  • allow online or paper testing for grades 3 through 5.

  • split the cost of college credit courses 50/50 with the district and the parents except in cases of disadvantaged students.

  • no longer count excused absences toward the need for an absence intervention plan.

  • establish a a single substitute teacher license with no criteria on college degree and no restriction on days worked.

Superintendent Brad Hall is optimistic that if adopted, the bill could have an impact on the next school year.

Brad Hall discusses Senate Bill 216.

The board approved the accepted the nearly $50,000 Strategies “Second Transition” Students with Disabilities Grant. The first phase supported the Impact Coordinator for mental health services. This phase will help support the same students as they work through the Success Center.

Ben Brunswick, Arianna HiattThe board recognized January high school Seniors of the Month Arianna Hiatt and Ben Brunswick. Arianna will be attending Indiana Wesleyan and study graphic design. Ben hopes to attend a four-year school and study nursing or early childhood education.

The board granted maternity leave and also the resignation for second grade teacher Maddie Baird. The maternity leave is from May 16th to the 25th. She is resigning as of May 25th because her husband will be in Japan for 18 months.

The board has begun the process of rehiring retired teacher Karen Scott. The required public hearing and subsequent rehiring will happen in the summer.

The board will next meet on Monday, February 26th at 6:30 P.M.

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