Education News for 09-18-2012

State Education News

  • State to review deal in audit (Columbus Dispatch)
  • School officials changed their minds about hiring state auditors to examine an exotic financial deal in the New Albany-Plain district…Read more

  • Area high school students in college classes has doubled in past five years (Hamilton Journal-News)
  • Students who take college courses while in high school are expected to increase dramatically in the next decade, education experts say…Read more

  • State to talk about money at Mathews (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
  • Ohio Department of Education representatives are scheduled to visit Mathews Schools officials on Wednesday to discuss the district's finances…Read more

Local Education News

  • North Fork fills vacant position after tight vote (Newark Advocate)
  • The North Fork Board of Education approved a Columbus administrator as its new activities director and assistant principal…Read more

  • Driving the point home (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
  • It's one thing for an adult, including a law enforcement officer, to talk to teens about the importance of safe driving…Read more

  • Former Northland High School Athletic Director Admits To Stealing Thousands (WBNS)
  • The former athletic director at Northland High School pleaded guilty to theft in office. Ramani Hunter was sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence if she follows all the rules during a year of court…Read more

  • Columbus Schools Face Lawsuit Over Planned Renovation Project (WBNS)
  • Columbus City Schools is facing a $41 million lawsuit over its renovation project at Indianola Middle School…Read more

  • Board member calls for sup’t to resign (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • An emotionally charged email from school-board member Harold Porter calls for the resignation of Superintendent Vince Colaluca. Porter, who was elected to the board in November 2011, sent the email to Colaluca and other school-board members…Read more

Education News for 07-18-2012

Local Issues

  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board meeting draws hundreds as teacher negotiations continue (Sun News)
  • Emotions ran high at the July 17 Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education, as teachers, parents and residents asked tough questions of the board in front of a crowd about 300 people. Jeff Luce, who recently resigned from his post as Advanced Placement math teacher at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School after 18 years, said he was concerned the board would bypass more qualified teachers for younger — and less expensive — educators. Read more...

  • No mediation sessions yet slated in NB contract talks (Findlay Courier)
  • NORTH BALTIMORE - North Baltimore school officials and the teachers' union are checking their calendars to arrange a date for a mediator to join stalled contract talks. An impasse in negotiations was declared recently and a mediator was contacted. "We're waiting for dates they have available," Eve Baldwin, the school district's treasurer and a member of the board's negotiating team, said Tuesday. Vacation schedules have made arranging a date challenging. Read more...

  • New Lex students to get iPads through lease deal (Times Recorder)
  • NEW LEXINGTON - Summer's end might be unwelcome, but New Lexington High School students will have a something to ease their pain this year -- free iPads. New Lexington City Schools recently signed a three-year lease with Apple. The district will pay $416,316 -- three payments of $138,772 -- and in return will receive 600 32GB iPads with WiFi. That equates to about $690 per iPad over the three-year lease. That's more than the $599 list price to buy a new iPad outright, but the New Lex deal also comes with a two-year protection plan. Read more...

  • District adds business chief (Tribune Chronicle)
  • WARREN - A former superintendent from Trumbull County is returning to the area to work at the city school district - as its executive director of business operations. Warren City Schools Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously appointed Michael Wasser of McDonald to the post. He was awarded a one-year contract, which provides an annual salary of roughly $90,000, effective July 23, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Wasser is replacing Michael Notar, who moved from the position to the high school principal's seat earlier this year. Read more...


  • Promising plan (Findlay Courier)
  • Suppose, with one good idea, we could: Decide the fate of Findlay's Central Middle School after students move out this winter? Keep at least part of the beloved old school around for our lifetimes? Save a key property from becoming an embarrassing, gaping hole in Findlay's downtown, and huge parking lot for no one in particular? This seems to be the promise of a plan for a performing arts center built around the Central Middle School auditorium and unveiled to the public via the Findlay Board of Education. Read more...

Education News for 07-09-2012

Statewide Stories of the Day

  • Principals will start seeing the same scrutiny as teachers when new evaluation system goes statewide next fall (Plain Dealer)
  • CLEVELAND - Teachers have been under increasing scrutiny the last few years, as Ohio and other states roll out new teacher evaluation plans. That spotlight also is falling on principals. Ohio will require school districts statewide to have an evaluation system for principals up and running by the 2013-14 school year, the same time that the new teacher evaluations take effect. Though districts already evaluate principals to varying degrees, Ohio has edged toward a more standard and rigorous measure of principal quality for a few years. Read more...

  • Ohio plans tougher high-school tests (Enquirer)
  • Ohio is ready to swap its statewide graduation test for a series of more rigorous high school exams beginning in 2014-15. The tests are designed to measure student readiness for college or a career, something the Ohio Graduation Test could never do, said James Herrholtz, associate superintendent of the Ohio Department of Education’s division of learning. “The OGT is a low hurdle,” he said. “It was never really designed to measure whether a student is college-ready.” Read more...

  • Reading guarantee for Ohio 3rd-graders starts with September screenings (Plain Dealer)
  • CLEVELAND — Much of the talk about Ohio's third-grade reading guarantee has centered on whether it's better to hold back a struggling student who can't read instead of promoting him to the next grade. But the new mandate involves a lot more than the retention issue. And some school officials are worried about how they're going to pay for it. Starting this year, school districts and charter schools will have to screen all students in kindergarten through third grade by Sept. 30. Read more...

  • Westerville phasing out popular magnet schools (Dispatch)
  • Longfellow Elementary School in Westerville never struggled in academics. Among central Ohio elementary schools in the 2010-11 school year, its state test scores were the highest, and they were seventh-best in the state. Students could land a coveted seat only by winning a lottery. But because of budget cuts, Longfellow closed for good this summer, as did Central College Elementary, another high-performing public school in Westerville. Both will consolidate into Hanby Elementary School. Read more...

Local Issues

  • Funny Math (The Other Paper)
  • Calculating data is boring, entering it into a computer system is mundane. Even the word data inspires narcolepsy. Maybe that’s why Columbus City Schools employees allegedly tried to liven up the process a bit by living on the data-entry edge; allegedly fudging attendance figures every June before submitting their State Report Card data to the Ohio Department of Education. After all, there’s surely nothing more thrilling than possibly misleading taxpayers and the state watchdogs in a ploy to enhance district graduation rates. Read more...

  • NB teachers reject contract (Courier)
  • NORTH BALTIMORE - A North Baltimore teachers' union recently rejected a contract offered by its school board. Terms were not released. According to the North Baltimore Education Association, teachers have been in negotiations with the North Baltimore school board since May. In June, school board declared an impasse in negotiations until a mediator could be contacted. On June 30, the current contract expired and the teachers' association has been working under the previous negotiated agreement. Read more...

  • Dayton-area young readers get a boost (Dayton Daily News)
  • DAYTON — Montgomery County-Dayton region has been selected to join a national effort to improve reading proficiency among third-grade students. The region will become a charter member of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Communities Network, a 124 member organization charged with implementing strategies to enhance the reading skills of low-income students. “Until third grade, children learn to read,” said Robyn Lightcap, director for ReadySetSoar, a local organization aimed at improving kindergarten readiness. Read more...

  • Shawnee High School grads create app for Android (Lima News)
  • LIMA — First the fun, then the function. That's the idea behind a series of new applications for Android that two 2008 Shawnee High School graduates helped create. The app, “TapDeck,” will be available this month, Adam Kriegel said. The name plays off “tape deck,” and also the company he and fellow Carnegie Mellon University graduates formed, TapAudio LLC. At the moment, a gimmicky tape recorder allows the user to record up to 10 seconds of audio that can be scrambled in a variety of ways, Kriegel said. Read more...

November 2011 School levies and issues

Here's the list of school levies and issues from around the state that will appear on ballots this November 8th, 2011.

County School District New/Renewal
Adams Adams County/Ohio Valley LSD N
Allen Bath LSD R
Allen Perry LSD R
Allen Perry LSD  
Allen Shawnee LSD R
Allen Spencerville LSD R
Ashland Ashland CSD R
Ashland Hillsdale LSD R
Ashtabula Ashtabula Area CSD R
Ashtabula Geneva Area CSD N
Ashtabula Grand Valley LSD N
Auglaize Minster LSD R
Belmont Bellaire CSD LSD R
Belmont Bellaire CSD LSD N
Butler Fairfield CSD N
Butler Lakota LSD N
Clark Northwestern LSD R
Clark Tecumseh LSD R
Clermont West Clermont LSD N
Clinton Blanchester LSD N
Clinton Wilmington CSD R
Columbiana United LSD N
Coshocton Coshocton CSD R
Crawford Wynford LSD N
Cuyahoga Bedford CSD N
Cuyahoga Berea CSD N
Cuyahoga Cleveland Heights-University Heights CSD N
Cuyahoga Cuyahoga Heights LSD N
Cuyahoga Euclid CSD N
Cuyahoga Garfield Heights CSD N
Cuyahoga Independence LSD R
Cuyahoga North Royalton CSD R
Cuyahoga Olmsted Falls CSD N
Cuyahoga Orange CSD N
Cuyahoga Strongsville CSD R
Darke Greenville CSD N
Defiance Ayersville LSD R
Delaware Buckeye Valley LSD N
Delaware Delaware CSD N
Erie Vermilion LSD N
Fairfield Fairfield Union LSD R
Fairfield Lancaster CSD N
Fairfield Walnut Township LSD R
Franklin Canal Winchester LSD R
Franklin Dublin CSD N
Franklin Groveport Madison LSD N
Franklin Hilliard CSD N
Franklin Westerville CSD N
Fulton Evergreen LSD N
Fulton Gorham Fayette LSD R
Fulton Pike-Delta-York LSD R
Geauga Cardinal LSD N
Geauga Newbury LSD R
Geauga West Geauga LSD N
Greene Beavercreek CSD N
Greene Greeneview LSD N
Greene Xenia Community CSD N
Guernsey Cambridge CSD N
Guernsey East Guernsey LSD N
Guernsey Rolling Hills LSD R
Hamilton Cincinnati CSD N
Hamilton Madeira CSD N
Hamilton Mt Healthy CSD N
Hamilton Northwest LSD N
Hamilton Three Rivers LSD R
Hardin Ada EVSD N
Hardin Riverdale LSD N
Henry Patrick Henry LSD N
Holmes East Holmes LSD N
Huron Monroeville LSD R
Huron Norwalk CSD R
Jefferson Edison LSD N
Knox East Knox LSD N
Knox Fredericktown LSD ?
Knox Mount Vernon CSD R
Lake Fairport Harbor EVSD N
Lake Kirtland LSD N
Lake Riverside LSD N
Lake Wickliffe CSD N
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake CSD N
Licking North Fork LSD N
Licking Northridge LSD ?
Licking Northridge LSD N
Logan Bellefontaine CSD R
Logan Bellefontaine CSD R
Lorain Avon LSD N
Lorain Clearview LSD R
Lorain Lorain County JVSD N
Lorain Lorain CSD N
Lorain North Ridgeville CSD N
Lorain Oberlin CSD N
Lorain Oberlin CSD R
Lucas Maumee CSD N
Lucas Ottawa Hills LSD N
Lucas Washington LSD N
Madison London CSD N
Mahoning Canfield LSD N
Mahoning Western Reserve LSD R
Marion Elgin LSD R
Marion Pleasant LSD R
Marion Ridgedale LSD R
Marion River Valley LSD N
Marion Tri-Rivers JVSD R
Marion Tri-Rivers JVSD N
Medina Black River LSD ?
Medina Black River LSD N
Medina Cloverleaf LSD N
Medina Wadsworth CSD N
Mercer Fort Recovery LSD N
Miami Miami East LSD N
Miami Piqua CSD N
Miami Tipp CSD EVSD R
Monroe Switzerland Of Ohio LSD R
Montgomery Huber Heights CSD N
Montgomery Jefferson Township LSD R
Montgomery Kettering CSD R
Montgomery Mad River LSD N
Montgomery Northmont CSD N
Montgomery Northridge LSD N
Montgomery Vandalia-Butler CSD ?
Montgomery West Carrollton CSD N
Ottawa Benton Carroll Salem LSD N
Ottawa Genoa Area LSD N
Paulding Antwerp LSD R
Pickaway Teays Valley LSD N
Portage Aurora CSD R
Portage Crestwood LSD R
Portage Field LSD N
Portage Streetsboro CSD R
Portage Waterloo LSD N
Preble College Corner N
Preble Tri-County North LSD R
Preble Tri-County North LSD N
Preble Twin Valley Community LSD R
Richland Clear Fork Valley LSD ?
Richland Lexington LSD N
Richland Lucas LSD R
Richland Lucas LSD R
Richland Plymouth-Shiloh LSD R
Richland Shelby CSD R
Sandusky Clyde-Green Springs EVSD N
Sandusky Woodmore LSD N
Seneca Old Fort LSD ?
Seneca Tiffin CSD N
Shelby Botkins LSD N
Stark Canton CSD N
Stark Lake LSD N
Stark Minerva LSD R
Stark Osnaburg LSD N
Stark Sandy Valley LSD R
Summit Akron CSD N
Summit Barberton CSD N
Summit Copley-Fairlawn CSD R
Summit Nordonia Hills CSD N
Summit Norton CSD R
Summit Stow-Munroe Falls CSD N
Summit Woodridge LSD N
Trumbull Howland LSD N
Trumbull Lakeview LSD R
Trumbull Weathersfield LSD N
Tuscarawas Dover CSD N
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia CSD R
Tuscarawas Strasburg-Franklin LSD R
Union North Union LSD R
Van Wert Crestview LSD R
Van Wert Crestview LSD R
Warren Carlisle LSD N
Warren Lebanon CSD N
Warren Little Miami LSD N
Washington Warren LSD N
Williams Bryan CSD R
Williams Bryan CSD N
Williams Edon-Northwest LSD ?
Williams Montpelier EVSD N
Williams Stryker LSD N
Wood Lake LSD N