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Bellevue Schools Adopt Tentative Budge; "School Community Should Be Pleased"

The Bellevue Board of Education adoptedd a tentative budget Wednesday night at a meeting held a week earlier than usual in order to certify the students who were set to graduate that night. The budget includes a step pay raise plus 1 percent for employees, which was also approved by the board. The approximately $7 million budget also includes an 8 percent contingency.

"I'm really proud of the work done over the past year to focus this budget on student achievement, facility upgrades, and professional growth," said Superintendent Robb Smith. "Being able to provide a raise to our employees without cutting elsewhere speaks to the team effort that went into creating it. I am fortunate to work with such a passionate and committed team. Our Director of Finance, Jennifer Pierce, spent hours helping craft the final product. Our school community should be very pleased."

45 seniors were confirmed by the school board as graduates of the senior class of 2016. 17 of the 45 also received a work ethic diploma. The class graduated after the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Bellevue Mayor Ed Riehl came to the meeting to read proclamations giving a day to each of four people who are retiring. Sharon Eaglin, Marcia Helm, Debbie Rarden, and Linda Saunders each will have a day in their honor for all the service they have given the district.

The board also approved the second reading of the revised board policies.

Tara Wittrock, Director of Special Population, announced that there will be an on-site daycare which will be available in the fall.

The board approved transportation for the early childhood, preschool and kindergarten, students for the 2016-2017 school year.  They also approved the Alfred and Sara West scholarship in the amount of $500.

The board approved the contract with Rechtin Heating and Air for preventative maintenance for all HVAC equipment in Bellevue High School, Grandview elementary, and Ben Flora Gym at a cost of $4944 per year billed at $412 a month for the upcoming school year.

A district wide Director of Operations position was approved by the board as was a district wide Teacher Leadership position.

Finally, several students were honored with certificates for leadership.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer
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