Belton BOE honors students at December meeting

Special to the Democrat MissourianDecember 20, 2013 

Belton culinary arts students accepted certificates of recognition during the board meeting.

ELLEN PARSON/SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT MISSOURIAN

The crowd that showed up at the Belton Board of Education meeting Dec. 12 was so expansive that the group moved its event to a new venue – from its typical board room setting into the gymnasium at Scott Elementary.

Gathering in honor of student recognition awards were friends, family and coaches of Belton High School students filled the gym to show support for the groups.

Recognized for an assortment of all-conference, all-district, all-regional and all-state accolades, students from their respective programs, including girls’ softball, girls’ tennis, girls’ golf, boys’ swimming, volleyball, boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ cross country, football and culinary arts accepted their certificates and posed for pictures in front of an adoring crowd.

Board President John West emphasized the importance of student recognitions and expressed the board’s gratitude for such committed students.

“I just want to let you all know what a great honor it is for us to recognize you tonight,” he said. “From each and every one of us at the Board of Education, we want to congratulate you on your accomplishments. We honor you for representing yourselves, your school, and your community in such a positive way.”

Not only will these activities provide fond memories to look back on, said West, but they will also offer unique lessons that will apply later on in life.

“It is great for you to be involved because you learn so many different things, meet different people, learn how to work together, and develop great sportsmanship,” he said. “Keep up the good work, and good luck in the future to all of you.”

Following the awards, the board heard a FEMA construction update from Superintendent Andrew Underwood and voted to accept the 2014-15 calendar as presented. Board members also appointed Board President John West to serve as the group’s representative on the Belton Educational Foundation and approved a bid for an electronic door at the Freshman Center. Before adjourning, the board approved the resignation and retirement of certified personnel, employment of non-certified personnel, B Schedule employment, horizontal advancement for designated employees, and the substitute list.

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