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Qualified Zone Academy Bonds

The Bellaire Local Board of Education is excited to announce that it has received a $1,350,000.00 grant from the National Education Foundation to establish STEM academics in each one of its three buildings.

This grant is seed funding for a $6 million project which includes the sale of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds through Ohio’s QZAB program.  This program was established by the United States Department of Education and Bellaire’s application was approved by the Ohio Department of Education.  These are no interest bonds that will be paid back over 20-25 years.

This QZAB project will be a five year (5) undertaking for the district.  The total project includes: the establishment of three STEM academic (one in each building), infrastructure upgrades which will lead to increased energy efficiency, safety upgrades to the buildings, enhanced curricular additions including 2400 online courses and professional development for teachers as well as developing partnerships with higher education (SUNY).

As a district we are excited to have this opportunity to move into the 21st century by expanding our curriculum moving toward offering our students a word-class education.  This is a big step toward bringing Bellaire back; but we are not resting, we submitted a College Credit Plus proposal for nearly $50,000 today.

Bellaire HS National Honor Society Inductions

National Honor Society Members:

Row 1: Vice President Dylan Marling, President Josh Bumgardner, Treasurer Taylor Price, Secretary Olivia Tranovich, Tylar Eden, Morgan Runyan, Mary Garloch, and Shayla Rosen.

Row 2: Riley Hoepfner, Sloane Porter, Sarah McAninch, Taylor Stoner, Ashlie Conner, Abbey Cusick, Kaitlyn Callarik, Bethany Hawkins, Sara Dodrill, Rylie Purtiman, Shaye Beckett, and Katelyn Melott.

Row 3: Brandon Lucas, Anthony Piper, Justyn Keyser, Tyler Bass, Tyson Camsky, Jordan Mehlman, William Silber, and Coda Wines.

(Photographers Khiah Kimbro and Tara Duffy)





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Veterans Day Assembly

 by Gage Eden

       Veterans Day, formerly known as “Armistice Day,” is celebrated November 11. Bellaire High School Student Council hosted an afternoon assembly with St. John High School to note the occasion.

       The holiday is recognized on the eleventh day of the eleventh month because that is when the armistice to signify the end of hostilities in World War I went into effect in 1918. Armistice Day was celebrated in 1919 and became a legal holiday in 1938.  It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

       The resolution spoke of the annual remembrance of those who died in the Great War. It also discussed peace between the United States and other nations. The concurrent resolution also wrote about wanting to educate schools and churches, but also other suitable places with ceremonies of friendly relations to remember all the fallen and non-deceased veterans of all war efforts.

        Veterans Day is memorialized by honoring the American Veterans not only for fighting in the wars but for their patriotism, love for their country and also for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

The assembly began with Josh Bumgardner leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Next, the Bellaire High School Band performed the “National Anthem.” Maria Ducci shared an opening prayer. Then the history of Veterans Day was explained by Jerrika Gilbert. Following, “Armed Forces Salute” was sung by the Bellaire High School Choir.

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Superintendent Thanks Community

November 4, 2015

To: The Bellaire BIG REDS Community

One behalf of the Board of Education, Staff and most importantly the students of the Bellaire Local School District; I would like to thank the community for voting to continue the 5 mill Permanent Improvement Levy for another five years.

Please remember this is NOT NEW MONEY!  However, by renewing this levy the district will be able to continue to expend the $236,000 in revenue generated on capital improvements, facilities, buses, technology, etc.  This is especially important in the face of declining enrollment projections which result in reduced state funding.  This trend is also troubling because of the state funding formula causes a shift toward lesser state aide toward a greater reliance on the local property owner.  I say all of this to remind BIG REDS NATION that fiscal stability is not a destination but a journey.

 A journey we have been walking as a district community for some time.  It has been disciplined and it has been painful.  We have downsized over $5.2 million and over 62 positions.  We continue to walk this path; more may be needed in the future.

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BHS Students of the Month for November

 By: Katey Melott and Marissa Dippel

Bellaire High School’s Students of the Month as nominated by the faculty for November are freshmen Emily Brado and JC Zamora, sophomores Haley Ault and Mason Ramsay, juniors Justyn Keyser and Sloane Porter, and seniors Tylar Eden and Morgan Runyan.

Sophomore Haley Ault is a member of the volleyball team. Her favorite class is Advanced English.

“I feel honored to be picked, hard work pays off,” said Ault.

Freshman Emily Brado participates in track and loves math class.

“I think it’s pretty cool I was picked,” Brado commented.

Senior Tylar Eden is a member of the basketball team, track team, National Honor Society, and yearbook staff.  His favorite class is Anatomy.

“I am extremely honored to be picked for student of the month and to be recognized by others,” commented Eden.

Junior Justyn Keyser participates in football, basketball, and track. Keyser’s favorite class is math.


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At the regular May Meeting of the Board of Education the following
students were recognized as students of the month:

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Bellaire Local School District will hold a public meeting to solicit community input into the use of all state and federal grants.  The meeting will be held on May 14, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bellaire High School Library.

The district will be utilizing federal funds from Title I, Title II-A, Title VI-B, IDEA, and other state and federal grants.  The district welcomes input from all community members.  District residents who are parents of students currently attending non-public schools are invited.  Written comments should be mailed to Kevin Roseberry, Director of Federal Programs, 349-35th Street, Bellaire, OH  43906


At the regular April Meeting of the Board of Education the following
students were recognized as students of the month:

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Bellaire Local Schools Annouces Child Find Efforts

Bellaire Local Schools offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years and to children from birth through age 21 years who have a hearing or visual impairment. Children from birth to age three with other disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services. All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.

Public school services include screening in areas of suspected disabilities, such as vision, hearing, motor skills, speech, language, and general development. Evaluations in the schools are provided for several areas of suspected disabilities, including learning disabilities, speech and language development, physical impairments, vision or hearing problems, mental retardation, emotional disturbances, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, health impairments, or traumatic brain injuries.

A free, appropriate, public education with a full continuum of services is available. For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, contact the principal or counselor of your local school or call Mr. Kevin Roseberry, Special Education Director at 740-676-3652.


At the regular March Meeting of the Board of Education the following
students were recognized as students of the month:

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At the regular February Meeting of the Board of Education the following
students were recognized as students of the month:


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Board of Education Recognition

January is School Board Recognition month which is celebrated across the state.  We salute the Bellaire Board of Education members:  Jason Ayers, John LaRoche, Ron Marling, Tom Rataiczak, and Mike Wallace for their dedication to continued success of our schools and our students.

Thank You!

National Honor Society Induction

On December 10th, Bellaire High School's National Honor Society chapter welcomed eleven new junior and senior class members.  Current and new members must exemplify the highest ideals in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.  

New inductees, standing from left to right include: Tyler Ramsay, Nick Hall, Savana Sims, Mary Garloch, Tylar Eden, Dylan Marling, Taylor Price, Morgan Runyan, Olivia Tranovich, Josh Bumgardner, and Alex Touchette.



Pictured are the first and second place spelling bee champions from Bellaire. First place winner was Maddie Beckett, right, and second place winner is Jenna Miller, left. .

Belmont County Spelling Bee will be held at Ohio University Eastern at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4.
Also, our District Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 6:00 p.m., at Bellaire Middle School.  Everyone is invited.

The bee is sponsored by The Times Leader, Riesbeck's, and East Central Ohio ESC.


 The Bellaire Middle School was again recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as a 2014 School of Promise.  This is the third consecutive year that the school has received this honor.

This award is based on improved math and reading scores as signified on the Ohio Local Report Card.  It also accounts for closing the achievement gap for students from every background.  The Middle School was one of 98 elite schools chosen from across the state and will receive a banner to display in their building in the coming weeks.


The mission of Bellaire Local School District is to provide all students with educational and social opportunities
to become successful, responsible, and productive citizens in a diverse, global society.
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