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Bellevue School Board Adopts Tax Rate, Principals Introduce New Teachers

The Bellevue Board of Education voted to accept a 4 percent increase in the property tax it collects.

The new rate will be 0.899 per $100 of assessed property value.

The district still comes in at the bottom of Northern Kentucky independent school district in regards to tax rates, Superintendent Robb Smith said.

Two years ago, the district voted to cut its tax rate, and with this year's increase, Smith said that revenue will be back where it was.

A public meeting on the tax rate held prior to the meeting attracted no speakers.

Superintendent Smith said the community has always been very supportive of the school district, and he said he appreciates that support.

Several new teachers and personnel were present at the board meeting, and each principal introduced the new ones at their schools. Grandview Elementary Principal Angela Young introduced eight new staff members at her school, and Bellevue High School Principal John Darnell introduced four new people.

The student representative to the board, Kylie Hicks, is also new this year and she stood and introduced herself before she gave her report.

Principal Young gave a report on August 23, which was the day all the children received new shoes and socks from Samaritan's Feet, a worldwide organization, which received a grant from Walmart to provide the footwear. Young said the shoes seemed to be uncannily matched to the personalities of the students and she heard nothing but happy reviews from the students.

She also mentioned that representatives from a university in Japan came to observe, and in some cases, make a presentation. The students, ranging in age from 18 to 22, took time to teach the children a new game on the playground, which everyone enjoyed.

Principal Darnell told the board about the grant the high school received for $10,000, and said that the school would be spending it in the science lab. He also said the lab had its first explosion, which was a controlled detonation of a gummy bear, attended by delighted students.

Darnell told the board that even more students have qualified to take the dual credit courses from Gateway Community & Technical College. He said the students were very appreciative of the laptops which were provided to each dual credit student this year by the board.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor