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Districts boost security after school shootings
 Area school districts have been busy making a number of security updates at their schools since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary three months ago. Some districts have beefed up police presence in their buildings, while others are updating entrances to make them more secure by adding buzz-in access systems, video cameras or security...

8:37 PM Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013

Area school districts have been busy making a number of security updates at their schools since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary three months ago. Some districts have beefed up police presence in their buildings, while others are updating entrances to make them more secure by adding buzz-in access systems, video cameras or security...
Districts prepare for wave of teacher retirements

4:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013

Miami Valley school districts are expecting a wave of teacher retirements this year brought on by changes to the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio that became law in January. Thirty school districts reported a combined 250 teacher retirements by March 8, compared to 297 for all of last school year, according to data the newspaper collected...
11 districts have levies on May ballot

9:24 PM Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013

Eleven Dayton area school districts will have tax issues on the May 7 ballot, including six that saw requests for new money defeated in November. Kettering, Huber Heights and Vandalia-Butler city school districts formally withdrew by Wednesday’s deadline at the Montgomery County Board of Elections. The elections board was presented...
Ohio first to target K-3 in voucher program
Ohio may become the first state in the nation to offer publicly funded vouchers to K-3 students whose schools fail to hit the bar in reading.

5:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013

Ohio may become the first state in the nation to offer publicly funded vouchers to K-3 students whose schools fail to hit the bar in reading.
School security increased following threat

9:34 PM Monday, Mar. 04, 2013

Belmont High School on Monday had additional school security resource officers on the premises and Dayton police officers regularly patrolling the parking lots after a female student last week allegedly threatened to kill another student and blow up the school. The 15-year-old ninth-grader was arrested at the 2615 Wayne Ave. school Friday...
Belmont High student arrested for threat

9:04 PM Friday, Mar. 01, 2013

A female ninth-grader at Belmont High School was arrested about 3:30 p.m. Friday at the school for allegedly threatening to kill another student and blow up the school on Monday. The 15-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor menacing and inducing panic, according to Dayton police Lt. Donald Burden.The alleged threat, written...
State releases final report cards; attendance investigation continues

3:57 PM Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

The Ohio Department of Education on Wednesday released final 2011-12 state report card data amid its continuing investigation into Northridge Local Schools and eight other districts that showed evidence of scrubbing student attendance data. ODE has marked the 2011-12 ratings for Northridge and the eight other “scrubbing” districts...
Cuts would curtail Obama Head Start plan

2:00 AM Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

President Barack Obama’s call for universal pre-kindergarten during his State of the Union address was symbolic of many of the proposals he floated during that speech: A big idea currently facing the budget ax. Obama’s plan would, in part, create a new federal-state partnership that would provide low- and moderate-income four-year-olds...
School district’s report card rating, federal funding at risk

10:57 PM Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

The state auditor on Tuesday presented his report on the statewide attendance investigation to the State Board of Education to determine whether adjustments should be made to the report card ratings of Northridge Local Schools and eight other districts where evidence of data scrubbing occurred. Northridge was the only Miami Valley school...
School funding, reform in Kasich's budget plan

11:10 PM Monday, Feb. 04, 2013

Gov. John Kasich on Monday identified education funding and reform among his top five priorities in his proposed 2014-15 budget. Kasich has said school districts will receive at least as much money for the next two years as they did this year. His budget proposal would boost state aid by $1.2 billion over two years, including $548 million...
Public schools would incur some cost of voucher expansion

11:00 PM Friday, Feb. 01, 2013

An adviser for Gov. John Kasich on Friday provided more funding details about his controversial plan to expand the school voucher program in Ohio. Kasich is proposing two expansions to the state’s Educational Choice Scholarship, known as EdChoice, said Jim Lynch, special advisor on State Budget Communications. Since 2006, the program...
Vandalia-Butler school board pursues $3.9M levy

4:17 AM Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to have the Montgomery County auditor certify millage for a 5-year emergency levy on the May 7 ballot that would raise $3.9 million annually. The board plans to meet Feb. 4 to place the issue on the ballot. School districts have until Feb. 6 to do so. The levy size is similar...
School districts brace for new funding plan

5:00 AM Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

Gov. John Kasich plans to present his long-promised, long-awaited school funding model at the end of the month but he and his staff members are keeping quiet about details. During the past year, Kasich has hinted at how the state will allocate billions of dollars to Ohio’s 3,900 schools. He has said money should follow students and...
Vandalia-Butler talks district finances with residents

9:17 PM Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Vandalia-Butler City School District officials are considering the possibility of returning to the May 7 ballot after a third- consecutive levy defeat in November. The district will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the district’s financial situation and May levy options, spokeswoman Bethany Reiff said. The public...
Fairborn school board OKs placing 11.7-mill levy on ballot
 The Fairborn Board of Education on Thursday approved placing an 11.7-mill emergency levy on the May 7 ballot, four days before the state places the Greene County school district in “fiscal caution.” The Ohio Department of Education notified the Fairborn City School District this week that it will receive that state oversight designation...

1:56 AM Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

The Fairborn Board of Education on Thursday approved placing an 11.7-mill emergency levy on the May 7 ballot, four days before the state places the Greene County school district in “fiscal caution.” The Ohio Department of Education notified the Fairborn City School District this week that it will receive that state oversight designation...
Huber Heights OKs $6.4M in cuts

3:23 AM Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

The Huber Heights Board of Education on Wednesday approved a $6.4 million cost reduction plan that will eliminate 108 staff positions next school year if the May levy fails, but will spare athletics and extracurriculars by significantly increasing pay-to-participate fees. The school board voted 4-1 to approve the cuts, with board member Carl...
Chaminade Julienne to begin construction on $4 million STEMM Center
 Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School will start construction next week on a nearly $4 million renovation that will turn 11 second-floor classrooms into a new STEMM Center that will open in August. CJ President Dan Meixner announced Wednesday that work at the 505 S. Ludlow St. high school can proceed immediately thanks to the generous gifts...

4:40 PM Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2013

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School will start construction next week on a nearly $4 million renovation that will turn 11 second-floor classrooms into a new STEMM Center that will open in August. CJ President Dan Meixner announced Wednesday that work at the 505 S. Ludlow St. high school can proceed immediately thanks to the generous gifts...
State to pay out $38M in casino profits to schools

11:56 PM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2013

Dayton area school districts learned Tuesday that collectively they’ll be receiving more than $3 million by Jan. 31 from the state’s first distribution of tax revenue on casino profits. The Ohio Department of Taxation released the tally of $38 million in payments going out to about 1,000 institutions, including public school districts...
Teacher on leave after 7-year-olds suspended for assaulting classmates

10:57 PM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2013

An E.J. Brown PreK-8 School gym teacher is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into two separate assaults of a sexual nature on two 7-year-old girls by three 7-year-old boys during gym classes. The five children involved are all second-graders. The three boys were suspended for five days before winter break in connection...
State ready to take over 2 local school districts
 Two local school districts, including one of the largest, are facing state fiscal oversight and taking steps to address deficits that could have one of them unable to make payroll in July. The Ohio Department of Education notified the Fairborn City School District Monday that it will be placed in “a state of fiscal caution” next...

11:24 PM Monday, Jan. 07, 2013

Two local school districts, including one of the largest, are facing state fiscal oversight and taking steps to address deficits that could have one of them unable to make payroll in July. The Ohio Department of Education notified the Fairborn City School District Monday that it will be placed in “a state of fiscal caution” next...
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