The Bell County Board of Education held their regular meeting on Tuesday.
Bell County has a first place national winner! National Junior Beta Club convention winners are Bub Treece and Lexie Greer. Treece is a fifth-grader from Bell County who placed first in division 1 language arts and Greer is a student at Bell Central, who placed fifth in division 2 oil and acrylics. They were honored for for their accomplishments at the national competition.
The students were each presented with a plaque by board chairperson Dean Knuckles.
“We have two national winners,” said Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam. “It’s an honor to win regionals, it’s a tremendous honor to win state, but it’s unbelievable to win at nationals and bring home to Bell County an honor of this type. I’m so proud of them.”
Greer had placed first in the Junior BETA State Competition for the arts category. Treece had placed third in the language arts competition at state.
Bell Central BETA Club sponsor Trina Fuson thanked the board for their support and said if it wasn’t for the board’s assistance with funding, the students could not have gone to the competition. Fuson presented Greer and Treece to the board during their regular meeting in Pineville on May 19. She said the two students were raising funds for themselves, but it was difficult for them to reach the amount needed. The board voted unanimously to provide funding for the Junior Beta members to move forward and participate in the national competition.
Gilliam commended Fuson, thanking her for what she does for the children saying, “things like this don’t just happen, it takes great leadership and Mrs. Fuson is one of the most dedicated people I have known.”
The board renewed the superintendent’s contract for another four years. There is a year left on the current contract. This is Gilliam’s 39th year in the education field.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Gilliam. “It is an honor for me to serve this district that I love so much. I am truly blessed.”
In other board action:
* Personnel was discussed and there is a chemistry position open, one in mathematics at Lone Jack, an opening in primary at Page and a primary opening at Frakes;
* The Anti Bullying Program Emergency Hotline was approved for the district;
* The board agreed to match $25,000 with Elgin Children’s Foundation to provide the school district with a program and social worker for the county;
* The District Code of Conduct Parent and Student Handbook, the Certified/Classified Substitute Handbook, the Coaches Handbook and the Personnel Handbook were all approved;
* The purchase of a handicap bus was approved.
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