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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 12:36 PM
LIBERTY TWP. — Lakota Local Schools has been invited to join an elite, national organization pushing for digital learning.
Butler County’s largest school system is now part of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools for its recent efforts in expanding high-tech learning among its 22 schools and 16,500 students.
The district recently added Superintendent Matt Miller to its top leadership, and in the few months since starting Aug. 1, Miller has rapidly expanded Lakota’s digital footprint.
He pushed the creation of the district’s first Twitter account, started conducting regular online public chats with top district officials, and is pushing sweeping innovation in classrooms.
League of Innovative Schools officials described themselves as a non-profit “national network of forward-thinking K-12 school district superintendents who together solve the challenges facing our schools through innovation and technology.”
The league, which requires an application by school districts seeking to join, has 93 members in 33 states and Lakota is only the second school system in Ohio — and the first in Southwest Ohio — to become a member.
According to Lakota officials, the district “was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.”
Joining the national league is both an honor and an additional resource in modernizing Lakota classroom learning, said Miller.
“We are very excited to join this prestigious organization and collaborate with like-minded districts across the country. The League of Innovative Schools fosters relationships among forward thinking educators, encouraging innovation in the classroom to best meet the needs of students,” said Miller in a statement announcing the membership.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Lakota Schools — for the students, staff and the community — as we strive to engage our kids every day through innovative teaching methods and the use of educational technology,” he said.
The advantages for Lakota students include shared digital learning resources from other members across the country.
“Being a member of the League of Innovative schools puts Lakota on a national stage — we are being recognized as a leader in innovative teaching. Other benefits include the opportunity for collaboration between like-minded, forward-thinking leaders in education and being part of working groups throughout the year,” Miller told the Journal-News.
“Great ideas come from collaboration. Our teachers are a testament to that. Being a member of the League of Innovative Schools allows us to tap into other districts throughout the country that are thinking outside the box – finding innovative ways to best teach our children,” he said.
Miller, whose former district Mentor Schools in northern Ohio is the other member in the state, was a nationally recognized advocated for digital learning, which attracted the Lakota school board into hiring him.
Lakota Board of Education Vice President Todd Parnell described the joining national organization as “a big deal.”
“It shows just how far Lakota has come,” said Parnell.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:39 PM
— University of Dayton students who ignored orders and acted out against police during St. Patrick’s Day activities Saturday were called out in a letter sent this morning from UD President Eric F. Spina to the student body.
“Today I am deeply disappointed in the behavior of many of you. I witnessed groups of students assault police officers, shoot fireworks into crowds, and put themselves and their friends in danger,” Spina wrote.
Police responded to the report of a large crowd that had gathered on Lowes Street. Bottles, rocks and firecrackers were reportedly thrown at officers, which forced them to retreat. Additional officers from UD and Dayton police departments were called. By 6:30 p.m., police dressed in riot gear cleared the streets and ordered students to go inside their homes.
“The large gatherings that block streets, the disregard for the safety of others, and the disrespect for the police who were there to keep people safe in no way constitutes community,” Spina’s letter reads. “This police response was appropriate and necessary because this behavior presented significant danger to the safety of students and police.
One person was hurt by a thrown object during the police action on Saturday, according to the university.
Dayton officers dressed in riot gear and holding shields were also struck by thrown objects, but no injuries were reported, according to UD spokeswoman Cilla Shindell.
Shindell said there were a few other minor injuries, “a few misdemeanor arrests and student disciplinary referrals” reported during the day, but full reports were not immediately available.
Some minor damage to university property — lawns and landscaping — was reported and a few private vehicles were reportedly damaged during the day, Shindell said.
“No one has been arrested as yet for activities related to dispersing the crowd,” she said.
Shindell said in terms of how police respond to large disturbances such as what happened on Lowes Street, each situation is assessed for the best response.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 1:40 AM
EATON — UPDATE @ 2:15 a.m: U.S. 35 near Woodland Drive is closed after a semi-truck that was jackknifed spilled bottles, kegs, and cases of alcohol across the roadway Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Vehicle drives into unattached garage, drives off in Dayton
Officials say two semis were involved in the crash around 1 a.m. where one carrying 40,000 pounds of paper jackknifed the other semi carrying the alcohol, while attempting to turn into the nearby International Paper Company.
The jackknifed semi landed in a residential front yard with the truck split in half, causing the alcohol to spill.
Neither of the truck drivers were injured as a result of the incident and no damage was done to the property.
Eaton police have no exact time for when the road will reopen, stating it will be closed for “several hours.”
Officials continue to investigate the crash, but do believe it was an accident.
A semi-truck has reportedly spilled bottles of alcohol across U.S. 35 in Eaton early Monday morning, according to officials.
The incident was dispatched around 1 a.m. in the 900 block of Eaton Richmond Pike, per initial reports.
The spill will reportedly have the road closed near Woodland Drive for a while.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:43 AM
PREBLE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 1 a.m: Only 35 people are without power after a single-vehicle crashed into a pole late Sunday night, according to the DP&L outage site.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Driver killed in Butler County crash
The incident was dispatched around 11:45 p.m. on W. Holtzmuller Road, per initial reports.
Customer’s power are steadily being restored as DP&L are still working to repair the pole that was hit at the base as a result of the crash.
We’re working to learn the condition of the driver of the vehicle.
Over 100 people are without power after a vehicle crashed into a pole on W. Holtzmuller Road late Sunday night.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Driver killed in Butler County crash
Initial reports indicate the vehicle hit a pole and was reportedly on its side around 11:45 p.m.
DP&L are on scene to repair the pole that was hit at the base as a result of the crash.
No word on the condition of the driver of the vehicle.
We will continue to update this story with more information.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:57 PM
— A quiet night is expected with temperatures overnight dropping into the lower 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.
Tuesday: The chance for snow is increasing, as more recent model runs are becoming more consistent and are agreeing more on the chance for snow. We’re calling for snow on Tuesday, some of which could be heavy at times. This snow looks to continue into Wednesday as well. Highs will be in the lower 40s early in the morning with most of the day staying in the 30s.
Wednesday: Snow is likely to continue into Wednesday, especially earlier in the day. By the time the snow wraps up, it looks like we’ll see a couple of inches of snow accumulation, however, there is still a lot of time between now and the event, allowing time for the track to change course. This will have a large effect on just how much snow we see. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s for the day.
Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.
Friday: A dry start is expected, but the chance for rain returns at night. Highs will be in the middle 40s.