2 boys sentenced for school bomb threats

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 3:03 PM


            Judge Joe Kirby sentenced two Warren County boys in school threat cases on Monday.

Two Warren County public-school students were ordered during sentencings today to write letters apologizing for making false alarms at their schools.

These are two of the most recent threats this school year at schools in Warren County.

Last year, about a dozen threats in the final weeks of the school year in the Springboro-, Lebanon- and Waynesville-area districts prompted a range of responses, including evacuations and the closing of Springboro High for one day.

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On Monday, Judge Joe Kirby ordered the letter writing during hearings held in Warren County Juvenile Court in cases stemming from threats made at Springboro Junior High School and Little Miami High School.

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Both boys were also placed on probation and ordered to do 20 hours of community service, engage in counseling and barred access to weapons. Each is also required to continue reporting to a day-time program at the detention center in Lebanon until allowed to return to school, to undergo counseling and pay $65 in court costs.

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The 12-year-old from the Springboro district also received credit for six days in juvenile detention for making the threat on Feb 2 at Springboro Junior High.

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The 14-year-old Little Miami student was also sentenced for drug abuse and given credit for 13 days spent in detention. He made his threat on March 7 at the high school outside Morrow.

Northmont identifying students with special needs

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 2:46 PM



Casey Laughter

The Northmont City School District is conducting an awareness campaign in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the Ohio revised code and the State Board of Education’s rules for the education of handicapped children.

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Each public school district is working with the Ohio Department of Education to identify children with disabilities, birth age through 21, who may need of special education services. 

Disabilities can range from autism, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment and learning disabilities, among others. 

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When a child is suspected of having a disability, the parents are contacted and informed of their rights by IDEA and arrangements are made with the parents to evaluate the suspected disability. 

Questions regarding Child Fund should be directed to Student Services at Northmont City Schools at 937-832-5036.

Village recognized for electric reliability

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 2:42 PM

The Village of Yellow Springs has received a national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2016.

The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. 

The Association helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service, then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

Northmont hires two assistant principals

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 12:01 PM



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The Northmont Board of Education unanimously approved two new high school administrators on April 24. 

Teresa Dillon, who served as Academy principal at Springfield High School, was appointed as an assistant principal at Northmont High School. 

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Eric Hughes, who served as elementary school principal with Franklin Monroe Local Schools, was appointed an assistant principal at Northmont High School. 

Dillon and Hughes will be taking the positions left vacant by Jason Inkrott’s appointment to high school principal and Greg Behrens’ retirement.

Vandalia-Butler approves new teacher contract

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education approved a new master contract with teachers and staff during its April 25 meeting. 

The Master Agreement between the Board of Education and the Vandalia-Butler Education Association (VBEA) runs for three years through June 30, 2020. 

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The contract will include a pay raise. The base salary of the contract for certificated staff, or teachers, was set at $37,853 which represents a 2.9 percent increase over the previous agreement. The base salary will increase 2 percent annually in each of the final two years of the contract.

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The salary schedule increases with experience and education, as the base salary is the entry salary of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no years of experience.

The contract was also ratified by the VBEA at a 98 percent approval rate, with 166 votes in favor and 3 opposed. 

The new contract also adds an attendance bonus for teachers and staff. Full-time employees can earn up to $800 per year for perfect attendance over the course of an entire school year. Those missing just one day of the year can earn up to $500. Part-time employees can earn half of those amounts.

The incentive will be reviewed during the 2019-20 school year to determine if attendance has improved as a result of the incentive and whether to continue it.

The Board of Education approved the contract unanimously on a 4-0 vote.

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Superintendent Brad Neavin said the contract is fiscally conservative and praised the VBEA for understanding fiscal realities.