2907, 2020

Administration/IFT Local 434 Joint Statements

BTHS 201 logoJuly 30, 2020

Belleville Township High School District #201 Community:

On July 10, 2020 our district shared our plan with the community regarding our blended remote and full remote instructional options for the fall of 2020. Prior to that date, much work went into the development of our plan and parent survey.

When we began remote learning in the spring of 2020 our Teacher’s Local IFT 434 assisted in the development of a plan for the remainder of the year. Notably, beginning Friday night, March 13th and through the entire weekend, we developed the plan that was successfully implemented on the following Monday morning! This work paved the way for our plan development this summer.

Since late May, we have been meeting regularly with members of IFT 434 to develop our fall 2020 plan. This work has not been easy. We appreciate our teachers for their willingness to come together and work towards a plan we all believe is in the best interest of our staff and students.  They were influential in the development of the major facets of our plan: personal protective equipment for students and staff, social distancing, a full remote learning option, and reducing the  number of students on campus each day. Their work deserves recognition.

Most importantly, our flexible plan allows us to best serve our school community during these very difficult times. Our focus on the health and safety of its members and the collective desire to provide our community with the best possible learning options is something we should all be proud of. Our administrative team, building leadership, and support staff are preparing to make this year a successful one.

Please join me as I show my appreciation to the members of IFT 434, our administrative team, building leaders, food service employees, teacher assistants, technology staff, custodial and maintenance staff, administrative assistants, and transportation staff for their collective efforts! Thank you for your dedication and service to this community!


Brian Mentzer

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To the Parents, Students, and Community served by Belleville High School District #201

The Teacher’s Council of IFT Local 434, the Belleville Federation of Teachers, has been productively working with the District 201 Administration and Dr. Mentzer, the superintendent, since Illinois schools were closed in March 2020 on plans to safely reopen the Belleville High Schools this coming Fall semester.

A plan was developed that includes an option for parents to have their students learn remotely all semester while other students and their parents can opt for in person instruction in the classroom. The in person portion of the plan, through mutual discussion, incorporates several key safety features such as reducing the percentage of students in a classroom to about 35% of normal. This permits for successful social distancing. A requirement that all students and staff wear masks adds an additional layer of safety on top of social distancing.

The teachers’ Union for District 201 has been at the table discussing each and every parameter of how the opening of school plan would function.  This allowed for  the experience, viewpoints, and understanding of the District’s classroom teachers and staff to inform the decision making process so a safe and workable in person instruction model could be implemented. Final touches are now being added to the District’s plan, with significant union participation, for remote instruction for  all students should that become needed.  The teacher’s union for District 201 wishes to thank the School Board and its Administration for providing a seat at the table to ensure a viable, safe, and well crafted plan is in place for the Belleville High Schools to open in August 2020.

Richard Hodson
President, IFT Local 434 Teachers’ Council

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Belleville West Campus


4063 Frank Scott Parkway West
Belleville, IL 62223

Belleville West is a state of the art high school built on 126 acres south of Route 15 on Frank Scott Parkway West. The campus consists of a 360,000 sq. ft. educational facility, a football/soccer stadium *with brand new turf* encircled by an all-weather 8 lane track, athletic facilities to accommodate tennis, softball, baseball, soccer, cross country and physical education.

The educational facility contains a performing arts center, computer labs and numerous career and technology labs, in addition to classrooms that meet the educational curriculum of the district.

Along with an outstanding physical plant, Belleville West is home to a 28-acre prairie grassland and conservation area and two wetland cells. Understanding the need to promote conservation, Belleville West offers opportunities for students to participate in hands-on, real world activities in science.

The Bridges Connections Program adjacent to the main campus offers transition skills instruction for students ages 18 to 21 with developmental disabilities.

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All students average A.C.T. score:

20.4 District

Attendance Rate: 93.1%

Students going on for post-secondary training:

2-year Institutions: 33%

4-year Institutions: 47%

Military: 1.5%

Vocational Schools: 2.5%

National Merit Student Finalists &
Commended Students Average for District: 10 per year

Percentage of Students in Honors Programs: 20%

Belleville East Campus


2555 West Boulevard
Belleville, IL 62221

Belleville East is located on 62.75 acres of majestic wooded land, at the corner of West Boulevard and Carlyle Avenue. This beautiful college-like campus contains 19 instructional buildings, a football/soccer stadium *with brand new turf* encircled by an 8 lane all-weather track and additional athletic facilities to accommodate cross country, baseball, softball and tennis.

The educational facilities include a state of the art performing arts center, cafeteria, computer labs and a variety of classrooms designed to meed the educational curriculum of the district. A media center was completed at the end of the 2009 school year and provides a beautiful educational space for our students.

U.S. News & World Reports awarded Belleville East the bronze medal in its 2008 and 2009 “Best High Schools Search.”

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Cross Country – Girls & Boys
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Golf – Girls & Boys
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Tennis – Girls & Boys
Track & Field – Girls & Boys
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Teachers / Counselors – East 155, West 131
Technology – 2
Aides – 71
Nurses – 4
Custodial / Maintenance – 48
Support Staff – 34
Administrators –  15
Average Years of Experience – 14.6 Years
Bachelors Degree – 35.1%
Masters and Above – 64.5%

Total Enrollment – 4,958 Students
East – 2,653
West – 2,305

Pupil : Teacher Ratio – 16.5
Pupil: Administrator Ratio – 371.9

Average Class Size – 18.6 Students

District Highlights

  • 16 Band and Chorus Offerings

  • 10 Theater Productions

  • 87 Student Clubs and Organizations

  • 26 Sports and Athletic Teams

  • OVER $8 Million in Scholarships Awarded to the Class of 2013

  • Over 900 Awards and Scholarships

  • 13 Advanced Placement Offerings

  • 20 Dual Credit Offerings

Belleville West

  • 126 Acre Campus at Route 15 and Frank Scott Parkway

  • 360,000 Square Feet

  • Excellent Athletic Facilities

  • Performing Arts Center, Computer Labs, Career and Technical Education Labs

  • 28 Acre Prairie Grassland

  • Bridges Connection Program

Belleville East

  • 63 Acre Campus at Carlyle and West Boulevard

  • 19 Instructional Buildings on a College-Like Campus

  • $38 Million Renovation: Performing Arts Center, Cafeteria, Media Center, Computer Labs, Career and Technical Education Labs

  • US News and World Report – Bronze Medal “Best High School Search”

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