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School Funding at Forefront Bellaire Schools Expected to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency in April Times Leader

Times Leader Saturday, March 25, 2017


T-L Photo/DYLAN MCKENZIE Fifth-grade teacher Kellie Cusick leads her class at Bellaire Middle School on Friday.

BELLAIRE — By the end of April the Bellaire Local School District should be free of fiscal emergency status and external oversight, Superintendent Darren Jenkins said.

The next meeting of the Fiscal Planning and Supervision Commission for Bellaire is expected to occur during the second half of April, and Jenkins anticipates the board will approve the district’s release from fiscal emergency. Jenkins and district Treasurer Cathy Moore said the primary reason the district’s finances got in such bad shape was a tremendous drop in the student population in the district.

In 1994 there were more than 3,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade; by 2004 that number had dropped to 1,600. The latest count found 1,300 students in 2016.

Losing more than half of its students meant the district did not need as many teachers and staff, but making those cuts was not an easy proposition, according to Jenkins. From 2010-2016 five administrators, 38 teachers, 18 classified personnel and one school resource officer were eliminated from the employment roles. The reductions resulted in $5.4 million in savings, Moore said, and they occurred through a combination of position eliminations and retirements.

The district achieved an additional $2.3 million in savings from improved business practices, including health insurance adjustments.

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Preschool Registration

The East Central Ohio Educational Service Center – Belmont County Bellaire Preschool Program will be holding Preschool Registration the week of May 15th for students that are turning three years of age by September 1st and also a resident of Bellaire Local School District.  Anyone interested in registering their child for the preschool program may call the ECOESC Belmont County Preschool Secretary, Fran Kasper at 740-695-9773 ext. 8401.  Deadline for pre-registration is Friday, April 7th.


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Art Field Trip to West Liberty

Selected Bellaire High School Art students will be going on a field trip to West Liberty for the 2017 Madfest, Media Arts & Design Festival.

On April 7, students will attend an awards ceremony and luncheon. Prizes and scholarships will be awarded. BHS student work is currently on display on West Liberty's webite and can be viewd at


Students competing include;

Nate Wilhelm, Levi Leeper, Kiah Kimbro, Summer Davis, Chase Yoho, Maci Crozier, and Taylor Kidd.

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The Times Leader - Bellaire Board of Education Prepares to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency

The Times Leader

Bellaire Board of Education Prepares to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency

BELLAIRE – A special meeting of the Bellaire Local Board of Education was held Tuesday to put measures in place as the district prepares to emerge from fiscal emergency.

Superintendent Darren Jenkins does not know exactly when the district will be able to get out from under state control, but said the process is well on its way to completion.

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office are both involved in the oversight of Bellaire Local Schools’ fiscal emergency status, and both agencies have set parameters for what it will take for complete control to be returned to the Jenkins and the board.

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Jostens On-line Store

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Kindergarten Registration School

Bellaire Local Schools have scheduled a phone registration for children who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parents are encouraged to contact Bellaire Elementary at 740-676-1272 from March 13th through March 17th, during the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM to schedule an appointment for screening.

Screenings will be held April 26th through April 28th.  At this time, you will need to bring, along with your child, his/her birth certificate, proof of residency, and their shot record.

To enroll in Kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.

Get Prepared for the ACT!

The following online ACT Prep courses are available to students in grades 6-12 through our STEM Academy:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Practice Test 1
  • Practice Test 2
  • Science: Math Concepts
  • Science Concepts

Please contact Ben Doyle at ben.doyle@bellairesd.org or 740-676-1826x1010 to get enrolled!

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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