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Bellevue Schools Approve Tax Increase, Expect New Entrance Completion Soon

The Bellevue Board of Education voted this week to increase its share of the property tax rate by 4 percent, making the new rate set by the district 0.974 per $100 assessed value. The rate on motor vehicles is set at 1.014 per $100 assessed value.

The board also approved placing the district on the list of tobacco-free schools, a revival of a policy that Superintendent Robb Smith wanted to revisit in light of the growth in vaping.

In other news, Bellevue High School principal John Darnell spoke about a class called Tiger Made, in which students create products and a business to support it for manufacturing and distribution.

One example Darnell showed to the board was insulated cups with the large letter B or D on it, along with wooden coasters. When questioned about the cups with D on them, Darnell explained that the students wanted to target Dayton High School fans at the next football game.

Money raised by the sales will go back to the class for more supplies.

The three sizes of cups are available for $12 for a 12-ounce, $15 for a 20-ounce, and $20 for a 30-ounce. The coasters are $15.

Superintendent Smith said work on the entry at the high school is just about finished and an official ceremony to celebrate the new disability-compatible entrance will take place in the next month.

Gloria Bricking, who worked for the district for twenty years, retired this month, and she was presented with applause and a gift at the meeting.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor