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Kristen Hannah, a second-grade elementary teacher in Belpre, welcomed students to the first day of school at some schools in the town of Belpre on Thursday. The remaining students will have their first day today as the district kicks off the new school year with a staggered start. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

BELPRE – Schools in the city of Belpre kicked off the first day of their 2022-2023 staggered start on Thursday in a positive way, Superintendent Jeff Greenley said.

Half of the district’s students started classes Thursday and the rest will start today, as the district uses a staggered start to begin the school year.

At Thursday’s regular meeting of the Belpre Town Schools Board of Education, Greenley said Thursday went well, with only a few traffic issues due to construction work on Farson Street and Braun Road, but district bus drivers have adapted to the changes.

“We are complete and looking forward to a great year” he said.

Greenley also reported that the US Department of Agriculture halted its free student lunch program after implementing it two years ago to help fight the pandemic. The district is now reverting to the old free/reduced lunch program it previously used and has urged parents of students who benefit from this program to collect and return application forms.

During its meeting, the board approved ticket prices for sporting events. Tickets are slightly higher this year, officials said, making them more even with other schools in the Tri-Valley Conference.

Ticket prices are:

University and JV

¯ Family season, $175; adult season, $60; student and senior season, $25; and veteran season, $25.

¯ Adult tickets, $6; tickets for students and seniors, $4; and veteran tickets, $4.

Seventh and eighth grade

¯ Adult tickets, $6; tickets for students and seniors, $4; and veteran tickets, $4.

The school board voted to rescind its previous approval of petty cash accounts for Belpre Elementary and Secondary School. District Treasurer Lance Erlwein said the main reason for the change was due to a change in the district’s accounting software.

The council voted to abolish a four-hour bus driver position and replace it with two two-hour positions and to advertise and receive bids to purchase two 77-passenger buses and/or nine-passenger vans. The board also officially approved the district’s bus routes for the 2022–23 school year.

The Board of Directors voted to cancel its previous agreement with META from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, for electronic management information system services, and then voted to approve a new EMIS agreement with META.

Erlwein said the change was made because the district now has an internal staff member to manage EMIS services.

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