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New school year brings big change

When school let out for the summer in June, Bellefontaine City School District buildings have not sat dormant. • Instead, the facilities have been aflutter with activity in preparation for a number of changes that are in store for the 2013-14 school year that begins Tuesday.

Perhaps one of the biggest and most visible happenings is the opening of two new school buildings along Ludlow Road through a $35.93 million project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. The state is providing 61 percent of the cost, while the district secured the required local funding by passing a $14.58 million, 38-year bond issue in 2009.

Students in grades K-2 will now attend the new Bellefontaine Elementary School at 1001 Ludlow Road instead of the two previous elementary schools, Northeastern and Southeastern elementary, which have been sold.

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Shrubs and other landscaping are ready to be installed at the all new Bellefontaine Elementary School property located at 1001 Ludlow Road. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: The new Bellefontaine Middle School, located at 1201 Ludlow Road, features 2013 above the entrance. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

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Bellefontaine Elementary School second-grade teacher, Jill Cronkleton, left, and her niece, Brooke Walton, organize books Tuesday afternoon in Mrs. Cronkleton’s classroom at the new school building that opens to students Tuesday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

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Cindy Jenkins, a second-grade teacher, prepares a bulletin board in her classroom Tuesday at the all new Bellefontaine Elementary School facility. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

 

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