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Bellevue Schools Amend Performance-Based Credits & Other Notes

The Bellevue Board of Education amended its calendar to account for the snow days in February, but the added days were only for the teachers, since the current calendar had banked days for the students just in case the weather turned bad. The last day for the students remains Friday, May 22, while the teachers will continue on for another week, ending their school year on Friday, May 29.
The board also added some language to two board policies.
The first involves performance-based credits, allowing some students who participate in a sport, for instance, to receive credits in Physical Education, as long as it meets certain standards.
"We have had this policy, but not to this extent," said Bellevue Superintendent Robb Smith. "This is intended to strengthen the policy."
It will also affect internships and apprenticeships.
The other policy involved an amendment to include alternative credit options. This amendment was necessary to support the high school's dual credit and enrollment program agreement with Gateway Community & Technical College.
In other business, the board approved 50 anticipated emergency certified substitute teachers and 50 certified substitute teachers for the 2015-­2016 school year.
"This is just a normal thing," said Smith. "We use these as a pool of teachers we can draw from if necessary during the school year."
The summer food service program was also approved by the board and has been going on for at least 20 years, providing all children in the city the opportunity to receive breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every weekday morning and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. The program will begin on Monday June 1, ending July 24, with the only closed day being July 3. Adults may also eat for a fee of $4.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photos provided. Top photo: Andden Cain, Antonio League, Tristan Noe, Olivia Fogelman, Maddi Skees, Logan Purnell, Scott Honaker, Layla Crawford, Danielle McDonald, Laurie Franzen, and David Fuller (students of the month)
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