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Doing what we have always done

October 29, 2011
By TERRY WALLACE , Times Leader

Bellaire native and distinguished Bellaire High School and Ohio State University alum, Dr. Walt Calinger, oversees a school district in the Pittsburgh area with more resident students than all Belmont County schools combined. He transports more than 8,000 students per day, including those who attend private and charter schools. The high school operates from seven o'clock in the morning until seven o'clock in the evening, offers more than 20 sports and has seen an increase in college scholarships from just over a million dollars per year to more than five million dollars earned by last year's senior class. Music and drama programs exceed those in most colleges. High school students have the opportunity to attend college for dual credit at no cost to their families and his newly established K-8 Academy is now rated in the top thirty in the nation, despite the districts usually double negative harbingers of minority enrollments and poverty levels that exceed 70%.



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