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Bellevue Teachers to Get Additional Raise; Football Field Flooding to Be Addressed

Employees of Bellevue Independent Schools will see a 1 percent raise on stop of the previously approved step increases, it was determined at last week's board of education meeting.
"This is the highlight of the budget," said Superintendent Robb Smith. "It is thanks to the work of Jennifer Pierce, our Director of Finance. I understand most districts won't be giving raises this year."
The board voted to accept the 2017-18 $7 million budget.
In other news, Bellevue High School recently placed 51 out of 350 in the US News and World Report rankings for Kentucky High Schools, earning a bronze award. The district also has the top graduation rate in Campbell County, a number that places the high school at number 4 in Northern Kentucky. 
Due to heavy rain recently, the football field has had problems with flooding. Smith said Sanitation District 1 is working with the school district to help with the flooding problem.
At Grandview Elementary, a sinkhole has opened up, and may have been caused by a broken sewer pipe. The board approved an emergency expenditure to perform a geotechnical exploration to evaluate a landslide at the site, and to take measures necessary to remediate and repair the landslide and sinkhole.
The board approved continued participation in the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services for the 2017-2018 school year. It also approved the appointments of Robb Smith as representative and Deneen Zimmerman as alternate representative to the organization.
District attendance was reported at just under 96 percent, but the last numbers for the school year have not yet been computed, and it is estimated that once they are added in, the numbers will show a solid 96 percent for the year.
Superintendent Smith praised the efforts of Deneen Zimmerman and Janis Winbigler for stepping in and acting as principals of the high school and grade school respectively in addition to their regular jobs. Next year, the new principals will be in place.
The district had four retirees, and three of the four were present at the meeting: Dave Eckstein, Karen Brooks, and Linda Bonapfel, who were recognized for their years of service. Each retiree received a gift from the board.
Grandview Elementary students who play the violin gave a performance before the meeting and entertained the large audience of parents and relatives with several songs.
Several students from both schools were recognized as students of the month for leadership.  Students from Grandview are Bryce Armstrong, Olivia Hatch, Leigha  Turner, Hayleigh Wight, Cheyenne Daugherty, Izahia Coston, and Aidyn Fortner.  Students from the middle and high school are Greer Hayes, Josie Stevenson, Mackenzie Manley, Gunner Barnes,  Dylan Rylant, Conner Leedy, and Malachi Ashcraft.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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