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BELLEFONTAINE BOE: School of Promise Award received

Bellefontaine City Schools officials announced at Monday evening’s board of education meeting that Southeastern Elementary School has received the 2012 School of Promise Award for the third year in a row, recognizing the achievement of its students despite facing economic hurdles.

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Southeastern Principal Pat Martz, who was honored at the meeting, noted all of the dedicated work that her staff put forth to making student progress a priority.

“It’s all of the efforts of the staff and students throughout the year that make this a possibility for us,” she said.

The Ohio Department of Education designation looks at schools with 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students and their scores on the 2011-12 state tests.

For the reading and mathematics sections, 75 percent or more of students must score proficient or better to achieve this award.

A total of 164 schools in Ohio received the School of Promise designation for 2012, and Southeastern Elementary was the only Logan County school to be recognized, Superintendent Beth Harman noted.

Also during the meeting, several Bellefontaine High School DECA members also were recognized for their achievements this year, including seniors Brandon Gasper and Tyler Roberts who qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference in California, which takes place this week.

The pair finished fourth at the recent Ohio DECA Career Development Competition in Columbus with their financial literacy promotion titled, “THRIVE Financially!”

Two groups of Ohio Model United Nations participants from Bellefontaine Middle School also presented their projects.

Team Nigeria members talked about the folktale they presented at the conference, while Team Japan presented their martial arts-inspired talent. Both teams received Outstanding Nation awards at the competition, as previously reported in the Examiner.

Members will meet only once next month — 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the board office.

Read more on Monday's Bellefontaine Board of Education meeting in Tuesday's Examiner.

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