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Bellevue Schools Program Offers Future Teachers Dual Credit Opportunity

The Bellevue Board of Education will work with the University of Louisville in a dual credit program designed for students who wish to become teachers.

The program is available through Northern Kentucky University, Murray State University, and Kentucky State University as well (with other institutions also accepting the credits), but Bellevue opted for UofL.

The classes offered through this program are specifically designed for a career in teaching.

"We have about twenty-five students currently taking dual credit classes this year," said Superintendent Smith. "I teach the UofL class on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday. I have about five students in my class."

Bellevue also partners with Gateway Community & Technical for dual credit classes, but Smith explained that those classes are general education classes

Even though NKU also offers this program, they, like the other universities, have a different focus, which is why Smith said Bellevue went with UofL. NKU also is concentrating its activities in Kenton County, according to Smith.

Also this week, the board set the tax rates for the coming year.

Last year, the board was able to lower the rates a little because it was an assessment year, but this year the rate will be a little higher at 86.2 cents per $100 of assessed value for real and personal property.

"I believe we are the lowest of the independent school districts," said Smith. "We are a great value."

Smith also requested to review the board procedure for the drug testing authorization form.

Meanwhile, work continues on replacing the Grandview Elementary playground damaged fire in the summer. Smith said that the district hopes to get the project going in the fall, and finished in the spring. However, the new playground, designed by architect Ehmet Hayes, is larger than the other one and may take longer to complete, depending on weather conditions.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor