Military Support

Bethel High School welcomes military families and understands the challenges you take on as a military member. We try our best to help and accommodate our military families. Please contact either of the school counselors for assistance or to schedule a meeting.

School counselor contact information: Molly Weideman for students last name A-K (weidemanm@blsk12.org) Katherine Bourelle for students last name L-Z (bourellek@blsk12.org).

Purple Star School

Purple Star High School

In April 2022, Bethel High School was designated as a Purple Star School by the Ohio Department of Education. The Purple Star Award recognizes schools that show a commitment to military-connected students and families, and is a part of the ODE's strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future. This plan acknowledges the importance of supporting the whole needs of children. As military-connected youth transition between school settings, it is important to support their unique needs, whether they be academic, emotional, or social.

"Bethel Local Schools recognizes that military families face unique challenges, and our district strives to do all that is possible to help our students and their families throughout the school year" says Superintendent of Bethel Local School Justin Firks.

High School Principal Barrett Swope says, "We have quite a few students here at Bethel whose families are serving, or have served in the military. We have a desire to do as much as possible to guarantee that these students have a smooth transition when they arrive at Bethel and that they have a great high school experience while they are here."

Bethel Local Schools is proud of the work being done by High School Principal Barrett Swope and Guidance Counselors Molly Weideman and Kathrine Bourelle to support our military-connected students and families!

For more information on the Purple Star Designation, and to see the list of Purple Star Schools, please visit the ODE Website.

The links below are valuable resources for our military families.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission - The Compact deals with the challenges of military children and their frequent relocations. It allows for uniform treatment as military children transfer between school districts in member states.

Military One Source

Military One Source Education Consultant/Special Needs

DoDEA Special Needs and Education

Ohio National Guard

Military Parents Technical Centers

Ohio Department of Education military families support page

Military Child Education Coalition

National Military Family Association

Our Military Kids (Guard, Reserve deployed families and wounded warriors kids)

Study and Test prep

FREE SAT and ACT help (open to all students) - 24 hour live online tutoring for math free for all military connected students

School Liaison Officer WPAFB

Ms. Trina Pauley, 937-656-0942, or email: trina.pauley@us.af.mil