Bell Central teachers

The middle school faculty at Bell Central along with principal Jennifer Blankenship were presented with plaques at Tuesday’s Bell County School Board meeting in honor of the school earning a 5-star rating and ranking 2nd in the state. Pictured from left are Tina Lambdin, Mindy Graves, Trina Fuson, Susan Brock, Rebecca Yeary, Amanda Day, Blankenship, Thomas Heck, Brittany Baker, Kevin Hoskins, Channon Broughton and Kayla Johnson. Not pictured: Melissa McGeorge, Denise Miller, Kenneth Johnson and Michele Sziksai.

The Bell County Board of Education and Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam took time at Tuesday’s board meeting to recognize the middle school teachers at Bell Central and principal Jennifer Blankenship. It was announced earlier this year that Bell Central Middle School earned a 5 star rating and ranked second among all middle schools in the state of Kentucky.

“We are truly, truly proud of you. Thank you so much,” Gilliam said. “Not only is this an award for you, can you imagine what it’s like being in that school and knowing you’re number two in the state of Kentucky? Look what you did for your kids. I think that’s the most rewarding thing you’ll get out of this is knowing what you did for those students. Congratulations again.”

Each teacher was presented with a plaque that read: “With our greatest appreciation the Bell County School District would like to thank you for your contribution in making Bell Central Middle School a 5 star school and 2nd in the state for 2019. You Are the Difference.”

In other business, the board received a glowing audit report from Madgel Miller of Cloyd & Associates.

There were no findings to report at either the district level or the individual school level.

“Your staff at the district level does a very good job. Clean record, clean books, they’re knowledgeable and if we ask for something they’ve got it,” Miller said. “We look very closely at the schools and make sure they are following the internal controls that are set forth by the KDE. . . Overall it’s a very good audit and it tells your students and parents and those people that donate that you’re doing the right things to protect the students’ money.”

Gilliam gave a big thanks to finance director Steve Silcox for his work, not only on the audit, but also in managing all of the district’s finances.

“We may have the best finance director in the state of Kentucky,” she said.

The board also approved the purchase of new ovens for the cafeteria at Bell Central and adding a Home Economics teacher at the high school starting on Jan. 2.

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