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Local tax bills vary as much as $3K for similar households depending on where you live
 A weeklong beach vacation … a year’s worth of car payments … almost a year of community college tuition — at its extreme, that’s the difference local tax burden can make from one community to another in the Dayton area. Local tax bills can vary as much as $3,000 per year for similar middle-class households...

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A weeklong beach vacation … a year’s worth of car payments … almost a year of community college tuition — at its extreme, that’s the difference local tax burden can make from one community to another in the Dayton area. Local tax bills can vary as much as $3,000 per year for similar middle-class households...
18-day-old giraffe suddenly dies at Ohio zoo
 Ubumwe, the female giraffe calf that was born Oct. 30, died Saturday, Columbus Zoo officials said. >> Read more trending news  Zoo officials said in a series of Facebook posts that Ubumwe had been energetic and nursing well in her first two weeks, weighing an estimated 130 pounds a week ago. But she began experiencing “gastrointestinal...

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Ubumwe, the female giraffe calf that was born Oct. 30, died Saturday, Columbus Zoo officials said. >> Read more trending news  Zoo officials said in a series of Facebook posts that Ubumwe had been energetic and nursing well in her first two weeks, weighing an estimated 130 pounds a week ago. But she began experiencing “gastrointestinal...
Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe passes away after 18 days
 Columbus Zoo officials announced Saturday that Ubumwe, the female giraffe calf that was born Oct. 30, has died. Zoo officials said in a series of Facebook posts that Ubumwe had been energetic and nursing well in her first two weeks, weighing an estimated 130 pounds a week ago. But she began experiencing “gastrointestinal discomfort&rdquo...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Columbus Zoo officials announced Saturday that Ubumwe, the female giraffe calf that was born Oct. 30, has died. Zoo officials said in a series of Facebook posts that Ubumwe had been energetic and nursing well in her first two weeks, weighing an estimated 130 pounds a week ago. But she began experiencing “gastrointestinal discomfort&rdquo...
What you’re saying: Facebook reacts to ‘stand your ground’ gun bill passing Ohio House
 A “stand your ground” bill that passed the Ohio House this week would allow armed Ohioans facing a threat or perceived threat in public spaces to defend themselves with lethal force with no “duty to retreat” first. Supporters say having to seek a path of retreat puts people at risk of harm before they can defend themselves...

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A “stand your ground” bill that passed the Ohio House this week would allow armed Ohioans facing a threat or perceived threat in public spaces to defend themselves with lethal force with no “duty to retreat” first. Supporters say having to seek a path of retreat puts people at risk of harm before they can defend themselves...
Dayton school board to vote on $3.3M security camera upgrade
 Dayton’s school board is expected to approve a $3.3 million contract Tuesday to dramatically improve security camera coverage within its schools. Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton said the changes will eventually increase the number of cameras in all 27 schools while upgrading to newer technology that will provide dramatically...

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Dayton’s school board is expected to approve a $3.3 million contract Tuesday to dramatically improve security camera coverage within its schools. Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton said the changes will eventually increase the number of cameras in all 27 schools while upgrading to newer technology that will provide dramatically...
Power issues causing area schools to dismiss early
 Dayton and Kettering have closed schools, and others are dismissing early as area districts are dealing with power issues. Four Dayton Public Schools closed this morning due to lack of power, said Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. Belmont, Horace Mann, Cleveland and River’s Edge have cancelled classes. But as of 10 a.m., power had been...

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Dayton and Kettering have closed schools, and others are dismissing early as area districts are dealing with power issues. Four Dayton Public Schools closed this morning due to lack of power, said Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. Belmont, Horace Mann, Cleveland and River’s Edge have cancelled classes. But as of 10 a.m., power had been...
Dozens of local schools have more time to seek safety grants
 Ohio schools, including dozens locally, have extra time to apply for their share of $12 million in school safety grants  allotted by the state legislature earlier this year, in part because some said they didn’t receive word they were eligible. State Attorney General Mike DeWine, who was elected governor Tuesday, said $2.8 million of...

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Ohio schools, including dozens locally, have extra time to apply for their share of $12 million in school safety grants allotted by the state legislature earlier this year, in part because some said they didn’t receive word they were eligible. State Attorney General Mike DeWine, who was elected governor Tuesday, said $2.8 million of...
Huber Heights school superintendent to retire at year’s end
 Susan Gunnell is resigning as superintendent of Huber Heights City Schools effective July 31, district officials announced Thursday night. Gunnell was a teacher at Northridge Local Schools from 1980-84, then began her 35-year career with Huber Heights as a school psychologist intern. She later worked as supervisor of special education, director...

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Susan Gunnell is resigning as superintendent of Huber Heights City Schools effective July 31, district officials announced Thursday night. Gunnell was a teacher at Northridge Local Schools from 1980-84, then began her 35-year career with Huber Heights as a school psychologist intern. She later worked as supervisor of special education, director...
What’s next? Area schools plan their next steps after levy passages and failures
 Kettering schools and the Greene County Career Center saw major tax levies pass Tuesday, meaning new buildings and new school programs are coming, but Beavercreek voters rejected their school levy, meaning budget cuts will occur next fall. The other nine local school levies — renewals and other levies that won’t increase taxes...

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Kettering schools and the Greene County Career Center saw major tax levies pass Tuesday, meaning new buildings and new school programs are coming, but Beavercreek voters rejected their school levy, meaning budget cuts will occur next fall. The other nine local school levies — renewals and other levies that won’t increase taxes...
Voters OK $62M Greene County Career Center; other school levies pass
 UPDATE (11:55 pm) The Greene County Career Center’s bond issue to build a new $62 million school passed solidly, according to unofficial results from six local counties’ boards of election. The ratio was 55-45 in favor of the 20-year bond, with 66,000 people casting ballots. GCCC Superintendent Dave Deskins said the project will...

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UPDATE (11:55 pm) The Greene County Career Center’s bond issue to build a new $62 million school passed solidly, according to unofficial results from six local counties’ boards of election. The ratio was 55-45 in favor of the 20-year bond, with 66,000 people casting ballots. GCCC Superintendent Dave Deskins said the project will...
Beavercreek school levy fails by razor-thin margin; budget cuts coming
 UPDATE (11:30 p.m.) Beavercreek’s new 6.2-mill school levy appears to have narrowly failed, according to unofficial results from the Greene and Montgomery County boards of election. With all precincts counted in both counties, voters were rejecting the levy by a 50.46 to 49.54 ratio. The vote totals were 13,063 for the levy and 13,303...

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UPDATE (11:30 p.m.) Beavercreek’s new 6.2-mill school levy appears to have narrowly failed, according to unofficial results from the Greene and Montgomery County boards of election. With all precincts counted in both counties, voters were rejecting the levy by a 50.46 to 49.54 ratio. The vote totals were 13,063 for the levy and 13,303...
Kettering school levy passes; kindergarten, career tech growth coming
 UPDATE (11:30 p.m.) Voters approved Kettering City Schools’ permanent 5.99-mill additional tax levy by a solid 55-45 ratio, according to unofficial results from the Montgomery and Greene County boards of election. Superintendent Scott Inskeep was still hard at work at 11:15 p.m., attaching thank you stickers to levy signs near Indian...

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UPDATE (11:30 p.m.) Voters approved Kettering City Schools’ permanent 5.99-mill additional tax levy by a solid 55-45 ratio, according to unofficial results from the Montgomery and Greene County boards of election. Superintendent Scott Inskeep was still hard at work at 11:15 p.m., attaching thank you stickers to levy signs near Indian...
Dayton Public Schools loses third ruling vs. union in health insurance case
 Dayton Public Schools recently lost an appeals court ruling about the health insurance eligibility of certain teachers’ family members, in a dispute dating back three years and multiple hearings. In 2015, as DPS was preparing to change its health insurance offerings, the district and a vendor ran a dependent verification audit to ensure...

Posted: 11 days ago

Dayton Public Schools recently lost an appeals court ruling about the health insurance eligibility of certain teachers’ family members, in a dispute dating back three years and multiple hearings. In 2015, as DPS was preparing to change its health insurance offerings, the district and a vendor ran a dependent verification audit to ensure...
Election highlights: DeWine wins, some familiar names lose, Dayton OKs marijuana issue and more
 Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full slate of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters OK’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally...

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Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full slate of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters OK’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally...
What are the local tax issues and candidates on the ballot Tuesday?
 Local voters will decide Tuesday who writes Ohio law for the next two years, who approves multimillion-dollar county budgets for the next four years, and whether local agencies should get more tax money to run their schools, pave their streets and hire police. Party control of U.S. Congress has been the headline issue this election cycle...

Posted: 14 days ago

Local voters will decide Tuesday who writes Ohio law for the next two years, who approves multimillion-dollar county budgets for the next four years, and whether local agencies should get more tax money to run their schools, pave their streets and hire police. Party control of U.S. Congress has been the headline issue this election cycle...
Former Dayton school board chief, health official Boyd dies
 Ricky Boyd, a former Dayton school board president and longtime director at the Montgomery County Combined Health District, died Sunday at age 74. Boyd, a Central State University graduate, worked for the health district from 1982 to 2006, launching the special services division, which coordinated programs aimed at improving minority health...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ricky Boyd, a former Dayton school board president and longtime director at the Montgomery County Combined Health District, died Sunday at age 74. Boyd, a Central State University graduate, worked for the health district from 1982 to 2006, launching the special services division, which coordinated programs aimed at improving minority health...
Dayton superintendent: Students ate candy-like sleep aid, weren’t hospitalized
 Two students at Belle Haven Elementary School were evaluated by medics after ingesting a gummy form of an over-the-counter medication designed for sleep aid, according to Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli.  A student brought in three ZzzQuil gummies, which contain melatonin, to be shared with two other friends, Lolli...

Posted: 17 days ago

Two students at Belle Haven Elementary School were evaluated by medics after ingesting a gummy form of an over-the-counter medication designed for sleep aid, according to Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli.  A student brought in three ZzzQuil gummies, which contain melatonin, to be shared with two other friends, Lolli...
7 local districts: ‘You need healthy kids’ for students to succeed
 A half-dozen local school districts are launching a three-year effort with Wright State University and other agencies to reduce health and mental health problems that hinder K-12 students’ education. The project, funded by a $500,000 Ohio Higher Education grant to Wright State, dovetails with the Ohio Department of Education’s...

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A half-dozen local school districts are launching a three-year effort with Wright State University and other agencies to reduce health and mental health problems that hinder K-12 students’ education. The project, funded by a $500,000 Ohio Higher Education grant to Wright State, dovetails with the Ohio Department of Education’s...
Bethel schools levy ballot wording off due to board of elections error
 Eight local school districts are seeking renewal or substitute tax levies Nov. 6 — levies that don’t increase taxes — including Bethel Local Schools, whose levy was partially mislabeled on voters’ ballots and Board of Elections documents. WHAT’S ON YOUR BALLOT? Check out our online voters guide Bethel’s...

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Eight local school districts are seeking renewal or substitute tax levies Nov. 6 — levies that don’t increase taxes — including Bethel Local Schools, whose levy was partially mislabeled on voters’ ballots and Board of Elections documents. WHAT’S ON YOUR BALLOT? Check out our online voters guide Bethel’s...
State board, legislators weigh school report card changes
 A statewide group of education leaders this week returns to work studying changes to Ohio’s school report card, and one key legislator said some proposals could be considered in the November/December lame-duck session. Concerns with the report card include the value of the state tests it is largely based on, whether it should focus...

Posted: 26 days ago

A statewide group of education leaders this week returns to work studying changes to Ohio’s school report card, and one key legislator said some proposals could be considered in the November/December lame-duck session. Concerns with the report card include the value of the state tests it is largely based on, whether it should focus...
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