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Student leaders present speeches

Administrator set to retire


Western Intermediate student Lauren Carter presents her Leader in Me speech during Monday’s Bellefontaine Schools Board of Education meeting. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Several elementary school students presented information about how the Leader in Me program has impacted their schools during Monday evening's board of education meeting, during which the retirement resignation of a district administrator was accepted.

Members approved the retirement of John Henry, high school associate principal and activites director, effective June 30. The 29-year Bellefontaine City Schools employee has worked in education for 30 years.

Matthew Comstock, current middle school associate principal, was approved for an administrative change in assignment to fill Mr. Henry's position, effective July 1.

The board also hired Whitney Stolly as a middle school language arts teacher, effective Aug. 16.

Relating to the student leaders, Northeastern students Gabby Stolly and Alex Houser and Western Intermedidate pupil Lauren Carter presented their speeches from the Leader in Me Symposium earlier this month in Columbus.

The Leader in Me program has been implemented at their schools and at Southeastern Elementary School this year through a grant. The initiative focuses on the late Dr. Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and some of the leadership concepts include being proactive, begin with the end in mind, and synergery or "together is better."

At the symposium, Alex had the honor of introducing keynote speaker Erin Gruwell, the teacher behind the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary. The 2007 movie Freedom Writers was based on her story.

All three students said the program has helped to reduce bullying issues at their schools and also has led to students taking greater pride in their work.

"I think the seven habits have really helped a lot," Gabby said. "The kids who were bullies before are my friends now."

"My friends have become better friends," Alex said. "They don't get mad as quickly and they are nicer than they were before."

For more Bellefontaine BOE news, see Tuesday's Examiner.



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