Generosity aiding students debts

BELLAIRE A new scholarship was approved by the Bellaire Local School District Board of Education on Monday, the result of the generosity of businessman Richard Hornbeck.

The new Richard Hornbeck Scholarship will be for a graduating student from Bellaire High School Recipients who will have to be working on a 4-year degree. The student must complete the first two years at Ohio University Eastern. The scholarship will be administered through the Bellaire Endowment Fund.

The board of education unanimously accepted the donation for the scholarship.

“I would like to personally thank Mr. Hornbeck for his generosity,” said Board Member Ronald Marling who is also the chairman of the Bellaire Endowment Fund. “For the students of Bellaire High School, this is a great opportunity. For the Endowment Fund, as the chairman, its a great opportunity that will not be taken lightly.”

Marling then introduced Hornbeck to the board and those attending the meeting, who recognized him with applause.

Marling further thanked Hornbeck for the donation and said it will benefit students for many years to come.

In other news, the board recognized students during the “Parade of Champions.”

Students from the elementary school to receive the distinction for their outstanding work were: Adam Mamie, Makenzie Lahna, Brody McGilton, Nevaeh Stevey, Paxton Marling, Taylor Rife, Ryley Wright, Isaac McConnell, Patrick Matthews and Kaley Bryan.

The middle school mixed things up a bit, recognizing last year’s seventh grade volleyball team. According to Derrick McAfee, principal, Bellaire Middle School, the girls not only excelled athletically, but also academically as a team, finishing the year with a collective grade point average of 3.666. Those student-athletes recognized were: Makenna Berka, Mariah Bologna, Abbey Cusik, Marissa Dippel, Ayren Greenlee, Riley Hoepfner, Kelsie Jarvis, Khiah Kimbro, Megan McCarthy, Sailor Myers, Lexie Parker, Sloane Porter, Bre Spears and Taylor Stoner.

Two high school students, Michelle Maffee and Jacob Thornton were also recognized for their commitment to the school.

Following an executive session to discuss personnel which lasted for about 15 minutes, the board took action on issues.

The board heard the second readings of the third grade reading skills assessment and intervention policies.

Public informational meetings are scheduled for Oct. 10 at the elementary school; Oct 17 at the middle school starting at 6:30 p.m. and Oct. 24 at the high school. All the meetings are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Bellaire Elementary School will have its annual fall festival on Oct. 30.

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. There is no school scheduled for Nov. 2.

The next regular meeting of the Bellaire Local School District is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. A special board meeting to approve a new five year financial forecast is scheduled for Oct. 22 at 7:30 a.m.