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May 19, 2014 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
High school graduations have commenced in the Ohio Valley. It marks the changing of the guard. Seniors move on to either more educational training or looking for employment. For those prep students returning, they begin to envision life one rung up the student-body pecking-order. Such normal procedure has been put on hold at Beallsville. The calendar tells us it is late May and a new school year is three months away. Unfortunately, Beallsville High students are twisting in the wind, courtesy of the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education. Rumors are running rampant in the district that Beallsville High may not re-open next year. If such a scenario does play out, the Blue Devils will either be heading to River or Monroe Central in their current district, while many will make the short jaunt to Barnesville. Others may opt for Shadyside, Union Local or any other relatively close school. High school days are some of the best times in people's lives. For Beallsville students, however, they may no longer be Blue Devils. It hard to fathom the board of education is still mulling Beallsville's fate. How can you give students and their families only a couple of months' notice that their school is no more and they must choose another school? That is crazy. I talked to one former local school district superintendent this weekend. He said it is too late in the game to shut down Beallsville for the coming year. He was once faced with closing some schools in his district. His administration made everyone aware of the decision two years in advance. If the Switzerland of Ohio school board needs any help in making its decision, here is my vote: Keep Beallsville open.
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