Belton: School Board Previews Anti-Bullying Effort

BELTON (July 30, 2013)—The Belton School Board Monday reviewed an anti-bullying effort the district will launch for the upcoming school year.

After talking with parents, students, teachers and other experts, the district created a set of online resources aimed at preventing bullying.

The online effort will be promoted through posters in schools based on the theme “Tigers Don’t Bully.”

“Making sure that every student feels safe and secure at school is our top priority,” said Dr. Rosie Montgomery, a member of the Board and a child psychologist.

“There is a myth that being bullied is a rite of passage for school-aged children. This myth must be dispelled. We’ve worked to make sure that all district employees know how to address bullying. Now we’re giving parents and community members resources to help prevent bullying before it ever starts.”

The website will be launched at the week of Aug. 19.

Board members voted Monday to accept the district’s new High Point Elementary School, which opens in August in the Windmill Farms subdivision in Temple.

The school is the first of three funded by a bond issue that voters approved in 2012.

North Belton Middle School and Chisholm Trail Elementary School will open in the fall of 2014.

Board members Monday also discussed lowering the district’s tax rate by 7.1 cents per $100 valuation, which would mean savings of $71 for the owner of a $100,000 home next year.

"It's our duty to be good stewards of the public's money," said Board President Randy Pittenger.

"We take that responsibility seriously, and as a result, we anticipate that we'll be able to reduce property tax rates for 2013-2014."

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