The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is partnering with the district’s largest employer to recognize the accomplishments of the Oak Harbor High School Class of 2020. Energy Harbor’s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station is working with the school to put congratulatory signs in the front yard of every Oak Harbor High School 2020 graduate.
“We wanted to do something special for this year’s graduates to give them another positive high school memory,” says B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian. “The coronavirus pandemic has turned their world upside down. Our seniors deserve this extra attention," he adds. “It was natural for me to reach out to our friends at Davis-Besse to see if they would take on this project. Davis-Besse has been one of our most important partners and supporters of B-C-S students over the past several decades. I am so appreciative for these signs and look forward to working with Davis-Besse in the years ahead."
“Many of our employees and their families are an integral part of the B-C-S community,” says Davis-Besse Site Vice President Mark Bezilla. “This program is simply the right thing to do. “Our name may have changed, but our commitment to the people of this community remains the same,” he adds.
School staff members delivered signs to the graduating class member’s homes last week. “It was a great experience for our staff just to see some of our students through the front window of their homes,” the superintendent states. “The smiles on the faces of the kids and our staff were priceless.” “We appreciate the hard work all of the students have put in under extremely challenging circumstances,” Mark acknowledges. “We wish them well on whatever path they choose from here and look forward to more success stories in the next chapters of their lives.”
The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District suspended in-person classes on March 13 and students are finishing the year via remote learning. “Commencement plans reflect our very best attempt to honor the remarkable accomplishments of our seniors with a memorable event unique to the global pandemic environment that we are in while respecting public health orders and protocols,” Guy explains. The 2020 Outdoor Commencement Ceremony & Car Procession will take place on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. and follows the guidelines and orders established by the State of Ohio. The event will be live-streamed at www.bcssd.com.