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Schools earn national STEM certification

5:00 AM Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Nine schools in the Miami Valley recently earned certification from Project Lead the Way, a national nonprofit program that provides science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula to schools across the country. Oakwood Junior High School, the only non-high school on the local certified list, also was the only junior high/middle...
Ranking brings school funding model under scrutiny

5:00 AM Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Ohio recently was ranked 17th in the nation for its school finance, despite the fact that Ohio’s school funding model has been declared unconstitutional three times since 1997. The ranking, coming just weeks before Gov. John Kasich plans to reveal a new school funding model, was part of an Education Week study by Quality Counts. Each...
Private schools top public in average ACT, SAT scores
 Local private high school students averaged much higher ACT and SAT scores than their public school counterparts in 2012, according to our study of schools across the Miami Valley, although the top individual scores belonged to public schools. “The old model was to say ‘X’ type of school is better than ‘Y’ type...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013

Local private high school students averaged much higher ACT and SAT scores than their public school counterparts in 2012, according to our study of schools across the Miami Valley, although the top individual scores belonged to public schools. “The old model was to say ‘X’ type of school is better than ‘Y’ type...
Board votes to table charter school study
 The Springboro Board of Education voted 3-2 to table a proposed conversion charter school study Thursday night, after dozens of Springboro parents and community members spoke out against the study and the concept. “I think more people were there to talk about the charter school than the guns,” said Matt Davis, a Springboro parent...

9:37 PM Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

The Springboro Board of Education voted 3-2 to table a proposed conversion charter school study Thursday night, after dozens of Springboro parents and community members spoke out against the study and the concept. “I think more people were there to talk about the charter school than the guns,” said Matt Davis, a Springboro parent...
Discussion on arming teachers draws 500
 The Springboro Board of Education agreed Thursday night to refer the concept of whether to allow staff members with concealed carry permits to bring weapons onto school grounds to a policy committee for further discussion. “What I’d like to do this evening is to start a discussion on a serious topic,” said Jim Rigano, newly...

12:15 AM Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

The Springboro Board of Education agreed Thursday night to refer the concept of whether to allow staff members with concealed carry permits to bring weapons onto school grounds to a policy committee for further discussion. “What I’d like to do this evening is to start a discussion on a serious topic,” said Jim Rigano, newly...
School board to discuss staff guns at school
 The Springboro Board of Education is scheduled to discuss whether to allow staff members with concealed carry permits to bring weapons onto school grounds at its board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the large group instruction room at Springboro High School, 1675 S. Main St. Board member Jim Rigano requested that the concealed carry item be...

7:30 PM Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2013

The Springboro Board of Education is scheduled to discuss whether to allow staff members with concealed carry permits to bring weapons onto school grounds at its board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the large group instruction room at Springboro High School, 1675 S. Main St. Board member Jim Rigano requested that the concealed carry item be...
Accused teacher placed on leave
 A Centerville High School teacher and former coach facing three felony counts of sexual battery against a former student has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to district officials. Michael C. Weaver, a government teacher and former girls’ golf coach, posted $75,000 bond shortly after his booking Friday night, according...

9:21 PM Monday, Jan. 07, 2013

A Centerville High School teacher and former coach facing three felony counts of sexual battery against a former student has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to district officials. Michael C. Weaver, a government teacher and former girls’ golf coach, posted $75,000 bond shortly after his booking Friday night, according...
Cedar Cliff set to open new $25M school facility
 Cedar Cliff Local Schools’ new $25 million facility is scheduled to be dedicated at 6 p.m. today at a ceremony in the gymnasium, and will open to students and staff returning from winter break Wednesday. The 112,000-square-foot facility, serving the district’s prekindergarten through 12th-grade students, replaces the less than...

9:13 PM Monday, Jan. 07, 2013

Cedar Cliff Local Schools’ new $25 million facility is scheduled to be dedicated at 6 p.m. today at a ceremony in the gymnasium, and will open to students and staff returning from winter break Wednesday. The 112,000-square-foot facility, serving the district’s prekindergarten through 12th-grade students, replaces the less than...
600 apply for gun training

10:30 PM Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2013

Hundreds of Ohio school officials have signed up for the free Armed Teacher Training Program offered in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December. “There have been over 600 applicants overall, and by now it might be over 600 from Ohio,” Jim Irvine, one of the founders of the Buckeye Firearms...
Xenia students to return to 5 new schools
 Xenia Community City Schools elementary students will resume classes Tuesday, but they won’t be going back to school — they’ll all be attending new schools. The Greene County district built five new elementary schools via a $56 million bond issue passed in 2009. This money also will provide funding to maintain and service...

9:29 PM Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2013

Xenia Community City Schools elementary students will resume classes Tuesday, but they won’t be going back to school — they’ll all be attending new schools. The Greene County district built five new elementary schools via a $56 million bond issue passed in 2009. This money also will provide funding to maintain and service...
Local schools outperform state on report cards

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

Students in traditional public schools across the Miami Valley outperformed their counterparts across the state in both performance index and ratings, according to a newspaper analysis of 2011-12 preliminary report card data. A list of each county's report card can be found at the bottom of this story or you can view an interactive map of...
Lots of days to celebrate in 2013
 For the fourth straight year, this newspaper has compiled a list of the unofficial names for each day on the calendar. The names of these days are sometimes deemed “national” or “world” days, but most are culled from a variety of sources — websites, calendars, book publishers, education publications, health initiatives...

5:00 AM Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

For the fourth straight year, this newspaper has compiled a list of the unofficial names for each day on the calendar. The names of these days are sometimes deemed “national” or “world” days, but most are culled from a variety of sources — websites, calendars, book publishers, education publications, health initiatives...
Board OKs contract with schools chief
 The Beavercreek Board of Education approved a three-year contract for Superintendent Bill McGlothlin from August 2013 through August 2016. McGlothlin has served as interim superintendent since Aug. 1, following the resignation of Nick Verhoff, and will complete a one-year contract this summer. McGlothlin had worked in the district since 2010...

6:47 PM Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

The Beavercreek Board of Education approved a three-year contract for Superintendent Bill McGlothlin from August 2013 through August 2016. McGlothlin has served as interim superintendent since Aug. 1, following the resignation of Nick Verhoff, and will complete a one-year contract this summer. McGlothlin had worked in the district since 2010...
Springboro school board pursues charter school

1:39 AM Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012

The Springboro Board of Education is examining the possibility of opening a conversion charter school, and has tapped a consultant company to investigate how this concept could apply to the district. Conversion charter schools are sponsored and overseen by traditional public school districts, but have charters and finances that are separate...
Sports, ROTC, staff cut plan delayed
 The Huber Heights Board of Education voted to table a proposal Thursday night that would have eliminated 108 staff positions, all athletics and all extracurriculars for the next school year, if the district’s levy does not pass in May. By tabling this cost-reduction plan, which is due by Dec. 31, the district may be effectively agreeing...

3:16 AM Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

The Huber Heights Board of Education voted to table a proposal Thursday night that would have eliminated 108 staff positions, all athletics and all extracurriculars for the next school year, if the district’s levy does not pass in May. By tabling this cost-reduction plan, which is due by Dec. 31, the district may be effectively agreeing...
Ohio attorney general says school employees will be trained on dealing with shooters
 First-responder safety training will be offered to teachers and school workers statewide, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday in a response to the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., last week and Chardon, Ohio, earlier this year. “The reality is that, with an active shooter, first responders many times do not get there...

3:36 PM Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

First-responder safety training will be offered to teachers and school workers statewide, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday in a response to the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., last week and Chardon, Ohio, earlier this year. “The reality is that, with an active shooter, first responders many times do not get there...
2 Springboro high students accused of posting threat

11:02 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Two 15-year-old Springboro High School students have been charged with disorderly conduct as a result of a Facebook posting Friday night that implied that the recent school shootings in Newtown, Conn., could also happen in Springboro. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the students were not arrested but were charged after one student...
Most school safety plans in state compliance

10:56 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Seven local schools have not complied with a state law that requires them to file safety plans and school blueprints with the attorney general’s office, despite a reminder issued after 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “After the shooting that occurred earlier this year in Chardon, and several...
Schools strive for normalcy in wake of tragedy

9:57 PM Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Schools in the Miami Valley flew flags at half-staff and had school and law enforcement officials on hand to help children and parents Monday, the first day back to school for students across the country after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., “I have been out to all the buildings today, just touching base,” said Sue Gunnell, Huber...
School officials: Security is an ongoing concern

10:44 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Security at local schools is an ongoing concern, officials said Friday in response to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut that leftat least 20 children dead. “It’s all of our worst nightmares,” Springfield City Schools Superintendent David Estrop said. “You do everything you can to make the children...
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