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Bellevue Schools Reach Agreement with Apartment Developer, Seek to Fill 2 Positions

The Bellevue Board of Education reached an agreement with the City of Bellevue and Orleans Development related to the Kent Lofts project.

A sprawling warehouse on Grandview Avenue, just north of Donnermeyer Drive, will become home to more than five dozen upscale loft-style apartments. After several months of discussion with the city, Covington-based Orleans received city approval to move forward with its plans with incentives back in February.

The school board agreed to a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, plan with the developer. 

Because the city is issuing $9 million in industrial revenue bonds for the project, the school board had to weigh in. The district will receive a lump sum of money that will assist the schools' building facility fund.

Orleans Development is behind multiple high-profile redevelopment projects in Covington, such as the Boone Block Lofts, the Bradford Building, Madison Flats, Pike Star, and the Market Lofts.

The Bellevue Board of Education is also looking to fill a couple of positions.

A bookkeeper is needed. The candidate would act as activity treasurer for both Grandview Elementary and Bellevue High School, and maintain accurate records of all financial transactions.

Additionally, the bookkeeper will prepare monthly financial reports for the school activity funds, site-based decision-making council budgets, and othr allocations and reports required by principals.

"This is a position that is a consolidated position," said Superintendent Robb Smith. "We had a retirement, so we rolled that position in with a some other duties and we think it will serve a number of functions. We have 650 kids in two schools so we have to be as cohesive in our fiscal responsibility as we can."

The school district is also looking for a curriculum coach at Grandview.

The candidate will collaborate with teachers in developing effective lessons, and support teachers as they implement those lessons in the classroom.

Additionally, the candidate will teach professional development for teachers and other staff members as needed.

Facilitation of school data teams and using process monitoring data will also be required tasks for the newer position.

Grandview has a curriculum coach currently, and the position will complement that effort as both will work together.

The board of education also approved an audit contract with accounting firm Barnes, Dennig & Co. for $16,000 and voted to continue participation in the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services for next school year. Programs there include membership, grants, superintendent roundtable, and more.

The district is renewing its contract with Rechtin Heating & Air to perform preventive maintenance and to fully clean the HVAC equipment in its buildings, with the exception of window units and any newly installed equipment that may be under warranty. The contract is valued at $25,608 for the next school year.

At its recent meeting, the board also celebrated its district students of the month, and honored high school student Shawn Huesman, who was selected for the Governor's Scholar program, and high school student Brian Lake, who won first place in masonry at the Skills USA competition.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo: The Kent Building as seen from Donnermeyer Drive (RCN file)