Education News for 12-23-2011

Statewide Education News

  • Rising Health Care Costs Pressure Ohio School Districts – Ohio News Network
  • Imagine directing a high school band that has won several national championships and was prized by the community.

    Then imagine that the music just stops.

    "For me, it was a process of what can I do to keep these kids interests going because their lives were shattered," band director Bob McNutt said. Read More..

Local Issues

  • Chardon Schools reject outside endowment to support teaching positions – News Herald
  • A Chardon area man remains undaunted after his alternative funding plan for arts and physical education was rejected by school officials.

    Paul Hederstrom, a retired math teacher, had proposed starting an Ohio Educational Endowment for Art, Music and Physical Education fund to benefit Chardon School District. The Claridon Township resident wanted to use endowment proceeds, instead of tax revenues, to pay specialist teachers’ salaries. Read More…

  • Euclid Schools downgrade 5-year budget forecast – News Herald
  • The five-year forecast for Euclid City Schools has turned out to be more devastating than the district had originally anticipated.

    After the board approved $1.5 million in cuts to programs and additional staff and salary reductions were made, officials believed that it would be able to balance the budget through next school year, but unexpected changes have suggested otherwise. Read More…

  • Richmond Heights School Board to initiate termination proceedings against Superintendent Linda Hardwick – Sun News
  • On behalf of the Richmond Heights Board of Education, Board President Josh Kaye has issued a letter to Superintendent Dr. Linda Hardwick notifying her he will be presenting the question of initiating proceedings to terminate her employment.

    Kaye said the basis for this consideration is on specific conduct, including misappropriation of district property which includes confidential documents and e-mails, dishonesty on her behalf in the communication during an investigation of central office staff concerning the theft and distribution of said documents and e-mails, interference with the district investigation of the central office staff, and any further grounds which may be determined as a result of a continued investigation. Read More…

  • Fairless officials seeing abuse of over-the counter medicine – Times Reporter – New Philadelphia
  • Fairless Local School District administrators are asking parents and community members to help them wage a war on the misuse of over-the-counter drugs.

    Fairless High School has, in recent weeks, had a number of students overdose on cough-suppressant medication.

    The issue was raised by a concerned parent during a recent Fairless Board of Education meeting. Read More…

  • Dublin schools: $7.1 million in cuts needed – Columbus Dispatch
  • Dublin schools need to cut $7.1 million from the district’s budget over the next two school years, officials say.

    The cuts are needed because voters rejected a November levy that would have generated $13 million a year starting in 2013, district officials said.

    District spokesman Doug Baker said officials won’t decide on specific cuts until February. A plan that Superintendent David Axner presented to the school board last week proposes cutting 100 jobs, including teachers, administrators and classified staff members. Read More…

  • No. 9: Ohio schools see big funding cuts – Mansfield News Journal
  • Richland County schools saw funding cuts this year -- and made cuts of their own in response.

    In an effort to balance an $8 billion state deficit without raising taxes, lawmakers approved cuts last summer to programs and agencies throughout Ohio. Some local school districts, like Lucas, emerged relatively unscathed by the cuts, but most districts are still feeling the pinch. Read More…