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Bellevue Students Recognized, District in "Sound Financial Condition"

Students from Grandview Elementary and Bellevue High School were chosen to receive certificates for their work ethic at the regular Bellevue School Board meeting Monday night. One student from each grade, including preschool, came up to stand with their principal and Superintendent Robb Smith and received a round of applause from the audience and school board.
Two current students were recognized for their part in the making of a film about bullying which has received a nomination for an award. Kira Ross and Julia Rardin received certificates for their roles in making the movie, and two other students, who have already graduated, were mentioned as having helped to make the film, Alex Thompson and Makayla Bishop.
The board approved the consent agenda, which included paying bills and payroll, as well as several leaves of absence for employees, emergency certification of a teacher and approval of several fundraisers. The board also accepted the State Facility Construction Commission’s offer of $5,929 assistance to be matched by funds from the school board. A bid from Crawford Insurance for full time employees was accepted by the board, and several items were declared surplus property.
In other business, Nick Pharo from VonLehman CPA gave a presentation on the independent audit of the Bellevue School District. He reported a $1.9 million carry over from last year, and all of the recommendations from last year’s audit were taken care of. The only issue for this year was a few invoices that were paid but not cancelled, and that was reported as taken care of.
“This report means we are in sound financial condition,” said Superintendent Smith. “Our contingency fund is about 8.5 percent, so we are in good shape.”
Finally, the board heard reports from both principals and other school officials, and there were no citizens present with any comments.
Story & photos by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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Students from Bellevue High School honored for their work ethic are Colby Ward, Kylie Hicks, Makenzie Howe, Maddie Schweitzer, Clarence Roy, and Alyssa Herringer. Adults are Superintendent Robb Smith, Principal Dave Eckstein and Assistant Principal Dave Pelgen. Some of the students were not present.