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'Students don't want to hear from me' | Belleville principal pairs up students to focus on future

BELLEVILLE, Ill. - He’s the associate principal of Belleville West High School, but one look inside his office and you’ll see his focus isn’t on grades nine through 12. It’s all about Wolverines, Hawkeyes and Huskers. It’s signs of loyalty to the Buckeyes, Boomers and Spartans. More than 20 college pennants cover the walls of his office. The last 9 years of his career have been focused on what happens after high school. “My ultimate goal is to always try to encourage you to go to college,” said Dr. Richard Bass. His very first day at Belleville West, Bass implemented the Mentor/Mentee Guide Right Program. It pairs mentees (freshman/sophomores) with mentors (juniors and seniors). Read more: https://www.ksdk.com/article/features/its-sad-when-you-come-into-the-building-and-no-one-is-here-belleville-assoc-principal-focuses-on-the-future/63-ca13bfc5-e683-4f75-b91c-ac8c68641713

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