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Bellevue School Board Votes to Give Teachers Day Off to Advocate for Pensions

The Bellevue Board of Education voted to support a day of advocacy for teachers and administrators who may wish to speak out on the proposed changes to their retirement system in Frankfort.

In case Governor Matt Bevin follows through with his pitch to call a special session of the General Assembly to address pensions, Superintendent Robb Smith will order Bellevue schools to be closed so that teachers and administrators can go to the state capital to participate in any activities.

The governor's proposed changes to the teachers' retirement system has not been well-received by educators, with some local superintendents saying it would decimate their roster of veteran employees while making it difficult to attract new blood to the profession.

The Ludlow Board of Education also made a similar vote for a day of advocacy in recent days.

In other news from the Bellevue Board of Education meeting, accounting firm Barnes and Dennig presented an annual audit and stated that the district is financially secure.

The contingency fund for the district is at 9 percent, and Superintendent Smith said the board aims to have a 7 to 9 percent contingency.  

In the first three months of school, the district is at 96 percent average attendance.

Students from Grandview Elementary and Bellevue High School were recognized for their special work ethic. Students were given a certificate and other items for being chosen.

-Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Back Row:  Mr. Smith, Mrs. Young, Mr. Fuller / Middle Row:  Leah Saunders, Paizley Singleton, Payton Kern / Front Row:  Waylon Bravard, Rachel Wacker, Nessy Friedhoff
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Left to right: Mr. Darnell, Austin Glover, Ricky Randoll, Mr. Smith / Not pictured: Susan Quirk, Daniel Florence, Scott Honaker, Jordan Widener, Hailey Tiemeyer