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Bittersweet week for the Blue Devils

May 24, 2013 - Michael Palmer
Beallsville schools just hit a high water mark for their cancer fund raising efforts with an amazing total for their annual Rally for Life. The assembly on Thursday was very emotional and many tears were shed as they handed out over $40,000 to local cancer victims and the gas card program. Another motivation for tears was the recent failure of a levy which will bring cuts to the staff.

As the teachers spoke to students they revealed that half of the staff would not be back in the fall. The RIF layoffs will be handed out Friday and many of the teachers will not survive the cut.

River and Monroe Central also have to cut their teaching staff and we will not get into the pay to play. In all of the local districts where the levy failed there is a sense of betrayal from their communities.

Sadly the levy passed in Beallsville district but not in Switzerland of Ohio as a whole. Teachers eligible for retirement and selected others based on curriculum will learn their fate today and the torch will pass to the remaining staff to maintain both the level of education and continue the amazing fund raising effort.

The pride in their school and community is not exclusive to Beallsville however the Rally for Life has acted as a glue which bonds the small community beyond Blue Devil loyalty. It is an unselfish spirit of community that should be an example to all of us.

Personally I am proud to have the opportunity to cover this event every year. It invigorates the spirit.

Look for complete coverage coming soon to the Times Leader and photos from the event on CU.


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