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Bellevue Schools Add Talent Showcase to Board Meetings

Bellevue Independent Schools is trying something different for its school board meetings. 

Instead of having a student of the month segment, with teachers nominating students for the honor each month, the district is initiating a segment where they are showcasing students' talent.

This month, in the initial debut, the showcase featured a group of elementary students who play the ukulele, and they played a few songs on the instrument. 

Another group of students from Bellevue High School has a small business called TigerMade, where they craft items with school spirit, and they came to display those items.   Since it was the debut of the program, a third group of chorus members, came to sing for the board.

"Probably we won't have three groups at future meetings, but since we were doing the first one, it was a good show," said Superintendent Robb Smith. "Also we aren't doing away with the student of the month, but it won't be as extensive as it has been. Anytime we can focus on the good things our kids have done, we like to do it."

The board approved the working budget for the district, which is approximately $7.5 million. Superintendent Smith said the district's contingency fund is at 6 to 7 percent, and that the district is doing well financially.

The board also approved the second and third payment for the ADA access project at the entrance to the high school. The project is almost completed and will have a ribbon cutting soon.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor