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Students Honored for Community Involvement in Bellevue

The Bellevue School Board honored several students Wednesday night for their volunteer work in the community. One student from each grade level received a certificate denoting their community service as their principals called them up to the front of the class.

"Caring about others comes from within," said Dave Pelgen, assistant principal at Bellevue High School.

Bellevue High School principal David Eckstein proudly announced that the new football coach for next year will be John "Woody" McMillen, who will start at Bellevue in June, after he finishes the year at Walton­-Verona. Eckstein praised McMillen's coaching prowess as well as his personality, and said the Ludlow graduate likes the river city schools so that was a point in Bellevue's favor when deciding where to coach in the next year.

Janis Winbigler, District Support Services, said the new process to have online applications will go live next week. There will be a link on the school's website to be able to view positions which are open, and then interested people can apply online. The site will also keep the applications for a period of time so that the employers can refer to the applications if the positions open up again. Winbigler also reported that during the summer the plan is for the second floor computer lab at Grandview elementary to get new computers.

The board approved the consent agenda, which included two board policies dealing with graduation requirements. Dr David Rust, from Academic Services, explained that the policies allow for alternative course options for graduation, such as if a student participates in a sport, that student could gain credit for the participation, or if the student takes an online class, or if students can demonstrate credit from being in a course related to learning, they could possibly gain credits. The changes are minor, and are related to the step-down of 23 requirements for graduation to 22 requirements.

Finally, the board approved the appointment of board member Vanessa Groneck to serve on the Local Planning Committee.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Top photo: Students Brenton Collins, Joey Sparks, Austin Glover, Mark Glover, Chris Riehl, and Alex Cooper stand with Superintendent Robb Smith and Principal David Eckstein and Assistant principal Dave Pelgen

Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Students Samantha Skees, Olivia Joseph, Elijah Joseph, McKenzie Manley and Dominic Woodruff stand with Superintendent Robb Smith, Principal David Fuller and Assistant Principal Laurie Franzen. Not present are Morgan Taylor, Anabela Diaz and Brenna Mathy.