Superintendent's Message

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Melissa Kircher

Dear Bethel-Tate District Students, Parents, Families, and Community,

     I want to personally welcome you back to the 2019-2020 school year, which is always a very exciting time for students, parents and educators!  I hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable summer filled with many opportunities to spend time together.  We are busily preparing for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 14th.

     The start of a new year brings wonderful opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends and become involved in school activities like clubs and organizations.  The beginning of a new school year also reminds me we have another year’s worth of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students.

     We have an outstanding team of educators and support staff that are highly qualified and prepared for their arrival.  As we strive to promote healthy developments in all aspects of each student’s life, we also strive to develop our schools with character where students make good choices and decisions resulting in successful and healthy outcomes.  We encourage students to demonstrate their best every moment of every day and to make positive contributions to groups, team sports and organizations to which they belong.

     Through our journey for excellence, we pave the way for students to be provided appropriate learning opportunities and maintain an environment where students, faculty, and staff strive to become their best.  We are responsible for the future of our students and it is our responsibility to help all students to be challenged to do their very best each day.  I recognize and appreciate that it is the hard work of our dedicated staff that makes our district a high achieving system that we can all be proud.

     I would like to introduce the new teaching staff that will be part of the Bethel-Tate Local Schools team:

     Greg Chandler is the new principal at William Bick Primary School.  He comes to Bethel from New Richmond Exempted Village Schools where he served as principal at Monroe Elementary School. Mr. Chandler also taught first grade through fourth grades at two different New Richmond elementary schools.  He is a graduate of Miami University with a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.

     Mary Beth Tucker is our new Middle School Assistant Principal/District Student Services Coordinator.  She is returning to Bethel-Tate where she began her career in 2005 as a special education teacher before leaving for Williamsburg Local Schools.  Mrs. Tucker is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a master’s degree from Wright State University.

     Heather Robbins is a new Guidance Counselor at Bethel-Tate High School. This will be Mrs. Robbins fourth year as a guidance counselor.  She is a graduate of Miami University with her master’s degree from University of the Cumberlands.

     Sam Blair is the new music teacher at Bethel-Tate High School.  This is Mr. Blair’s first year teaching and he is excited to put his knowledge and experience into action with the music program and marching band.  He is a graduate of Ohio University where he was a member of the Marching 110, the Wind Symphony, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and various choirs and jazz ensembles. His student teaching was at Granville High School.

     Paul Gladder the new music teacher at Bethel-Tate Middle School and will also teach 5th grade band at Hill Intermediate.  Prior to coming to Bethel-Tate, Mr. Gladder was a band director at Gray Middle School in Union Kentucky, Taylor High School in Cleves Ohio and most recently at New Richmond Exempted Village School District.   He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. An arranger and composer, he has written for beginning bands, high school bands, and collegiate bands in the region as well as for his own brass band, The Cincy Brass.  He is an active saxophone performer with The Cincy Brass, The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and The Blue Water Kings.

     Kaitlyn Marker is a new 6th grade English/Language Arts teacher at Bethel-Tate Middle School.  This is Ms. Marker’s first year teaching.  She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.  Her student teaching was at the Ethel M. Taylor Academy and at
Mt. Washington Elementary School.

     Madison Mitchell is a new 5th grade math and science teacher at Hill Intermediate School.  She is a graduate of Norther Kentucky University.  Prior to coming to Bethel-Tate, Ms. Mitchell taught fifth grade math at Newport Intermediate School.  She was a long term substitute teacher at Forest Hills School District and did her student teaching at Sherwood Elementary.

     Caroline Brendsel is a new music teacher for William Bick Primary and Hill Intermediate Schools.  She is a graduate of Wright State University.  Ms. Brendsel was a long term substitute teacher at Baker Middle School of Fairborn City Schools and a woodwind technician at Miamisburg High School.  Her student teaching was at Northmont High School.

     I would like to also update you on the district’s summer facilities projects for 2019.

     The facilities and maintenance team have been busy preparing the buildings for the new School year.  In addition to the thorough cleanings of all the classrooms and offices, the team has focused on the completion of the following major projects

High School:
Roof and Masonry repairs

  • Cleaning, mortar and joint replacement and sealing of the masonry in the front section of Building at the main entrance, the stage and cafeteria sections.  
  • Raise the Through-wall Flashing and properly seal between roof and brick walls

Plumbing waist line repair

  • Reline the 6” plumbing waist line that runs in the cafeteria kitchen prep area.

Middle School:
Roof System Replacement to 3 roof sections of the building.  Replacement sections cover approximately 45 percent to the building’s total roof areas consisting of– front offices, entrances 1 and 2 and corridors, 7th grade and 6th grade sections.

  • With the help from the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Job Coach Michael Marinkovic and 3 area students, painting and cleaning task were completed in the kitchen, and throughout the facility.

Intermediate School:
Repair and pavement replacement to the East (Teacher parking) and Center (Visitor) lots. 

  • Reseal playground lot.
  • Reline all lots
  • Unit ventilator repair room 24(initiated but not complete).

Primary School:
Repair and pavement replacement to North (Staff parking) and East (Visitor) lots.

  • Reline all lots
  • Minor roof repairs

Central Office and Transportation:
Repair and pavement replacement to Main lot

  • Reline lot


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