Dayton Defense Education Foundation gala raises money for scholarships

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 11:38 PM

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.
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The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation tonight hosted its annual fundraiser gala at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton.

News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry served as the emcee for the event. 

The foundation is a 100 percent volunteer charitable organization that provides scholarships to local students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. This year, the foundation will award more than $80,000 in scholarships. 

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Also tonight, the foundation presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Nathan Klingbeil, professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University. Klingbeil has mentored many engineering students and is dedicated to encouraging this career path to help keep the U.S. defense industry second to none.

Funeral arrangements set for Greenon student killed in car crash

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

A 16-year-old Greenon High School student was killed Sunday in a car crash in Enon — the third student in the district to die in a fatal accident this school year.

Greenon Local Schools will be closed Friday so students and staff members can attend the funeral of a Greenon student who was killed in a car crash Sunday.

Kendall “Kenny” DePhillip’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Enon United Methodist Church, 85 Broadway Road in Enon. A visitation will be at Greenon High School at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Kenny was killed in a car crash on Fowler Road near Rebert Pike. He was 16 years old.

He’s the third Greenon student to die in a car crash this year.

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Greenon Local Schools said on its Facebook page that many people have shown support for the district and Kenny’s family.

“We would like to thank all of our Greenon students, families and the community for their support this week for the DePhillip family,” the posts says. “Thank you for your support and understanding as we work with the family, our students, our staff and the community during this difficult time.”

Springboro school levy group late in registering with election board

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 2:53 PM


            Less than a month before the election, the campaign to promote a substitute levy in the Springboro school district registered with the local board of elections. LAWRENCE BUDD/STAFF
            Lawrence Budd
Less than a month before the election, the campaign to promote a substitute levy in the Springboro school district registered with the local board of elections. LAWRENCE BUDD/STAFF(Lawrence Budd)

The Springboro schools’ substitute levy campaign established a committee with the local elections board on Tuesday, about two months after supporters began work to promote passage of a continuing substitute 7.4-mill levy.

The levy, Issue 18 on the Nov. 7 ballot, is expected to raise more than $7.9 million for Springboro school district expenses, if approved.

RELATED: Springboro schools to seek substitute levy

Before accepting or spending money promoting an issue or candidate, a campaign committee needs to be set up and a treasurer designated with the county election board, according to Brian Sleeth, director of the Warren County Board of Elections.

District Treasurer Terrah Floyd said other steps had been taken by campaign committee volunteers to establish the committee before it was formed late Tuesday at the local election office.

Sleeth said Wednesday the group filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

“They went to the wrong office and did the wrong form,” Sleeth said. “They set themselves up as a business.”

The committee has made no expenditures, but has had some donations, Sleeth said.

The committee is in compliance now because they filed the proper forms with the county office Tuesday, Sleeth said.

A group can establish a campaign committee through the Secretary of State’s office on state issues, but must set up the committee with the county election board on local issues, according to Sleeth.

The committee’s records will be reviewed after filing campaign finance reports following the election, a legal requirement for campaign committees. If there appears to be any violations, the case will be turned over to the Ohio Elections Commission, Sleeth said.

“We’ve never had this happen before,” Sleeth said.

Floyd and Superintendent Dan Schroer formed the committee in August with more than 40 people from the community.

“They had to start over from scratch,” Floyd said of supporters, noting she and Schroer were limited in their levy involvement during work hours. “Nobody else knew to tell them what to do.”

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A website has been set up, www.keepspringborostrong.org, social media and other duties distributed. Schroer is expected to speak to groups throughout the district in support of the levy.

The committee took the place of Neighbors for Springboro Schools, the committee through which recent levy campaigns have accepted contributions and spent money promoting issues.

Neighbors for Springboro Schools initially committed $1,600 to the substitute levy campaign.

“There needs be something substantial for them to start with,” board member Lisa Babb said during a Sept. 28 school board meeting.

Babb was responding to questions about the status of the campaign and why Neighbors for Springboro Schools (NFSS) had held onto more than $7,000.

Babb and resident Tiffany Carlisle then indicated NFSS decided to hold onto some of the money still in its treasury from past campaigns for future levies seeking new operating money for the district.

Voters here have rejected five consecutive levies for new money, but approved a renewal with a reduced levy in 2013.

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Substitute levies are still relatively uncommon.

School officials in districts like Springboro and Beavercreek trying to find a way to keep up with growing student populations and the costs of providing a public education are turning more to this option, added in Ohio in 2008.

People already paying property taxes on emergency levies like the one that would be replaced by the substitute levy shouldn’t see their bills go up after passage of the substitute measure.

Unlike other levies, substitutes enable districts to collect full taxes on residential and commercial properties improved after passage, unless they are exempted through tax abatements or other incentives.

Districts can actually reduce the millage levied, once the continuing substitute levy has been approved and money from new development can be counted.

Last week, Carlisle said NFSS “stands ready to assist the new campaign with any funding they request, whether it be for signs, mailings, or other campaign materials for community events.”

On Tuesday, Carlisle said, “We are currently working on finding out how to legally transfer PAC funds and plan to transfer all NFSS funds to the new campaign as soon as we can.”

Lebanon school board: No disciplinary action against superintendent

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 11:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 8:53 PM


            The Lebanon Warriors junior high football team practiced Wednesday as the school board met about the superintendent keeping players off the field last Friday night during the playing of the national anthem.Staff photo by Michael Burianek
The Lebanon Warriors junior high football team practiced Wednesday as the school board met about the superintendent keeping players off the field last Friday night during the playing of the national anthem.Staff photo by Michael Burianek

The Lebanon Board of Education took no disciplinary action Wednesday related to the superintendent’s decision to keep the players off the field before the varsity football game last Friday night.

The board emerged from an hour-long executive session to apologize to anyone upset by the decision and to express confidence in Todd Yohey.

“We have full confidence in Mr. Yohey as our superintendent moving forward,” Board President Chip Bonny said in a statement.

On Sept. 30, Yohey posted an apology on the district’s Facebook page for keeping players in the locker room Friday night during the national anthem. The decision prompted responses on the social network.

“I apologize to everyone who was offended by that decision. We ask for your forgiveness,” Yohey concluded in Saturday’s statement.

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The issue stems from reactions around the world and at NFL games this year since Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012, took a knee in in protest of what he called police brutality involving black men and women killed by police.

Kaepernick is not playing this year, prompting other players to kneel in support.

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At Wednesday’s meeting in Lebanon, residents expressed a range of views about keeping the players off the filed during the playing of the anthem.

Rochelle Collins expressed support for Yohey’s decision, noting the importance of keeping students safe.

“We’ve never been through a time like this before,” she said.

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Randy Lang said the players should have been given the opportunity to decide whether to take a knee during the national anthem.

“As Americans, we have a right to make that decision,” he said.

Rene Forrester said it was unlikely a riot or any violence would have resulted and emphasized the importance of free speech.

“That’s bigger than the flag, bigger than the national anthem,” Forrester said.

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Teacher Jenni Brunka expressed concern that Yohey’s job was at issue.

“What I’ve seen so far has been amazing,” Brunka said.”He has made so much progress in a short time.”

Lebanon student on house arrest after knife incident

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 9:53 AM


            Judge Joe Kirby released to house arrest the 15-year-old Lebanon High School student accused of threatening students at Lebanon High School with a knife.
Judge Joe Kirby released to house arrest the 15-year-old Lebanon High School student accused of threatening students at Lebanon High School with a knife.

A 15-year-old Lebanon High School student accused of threatening students at school with a knife was released from detention today after a hearing in Warren County Juvenile Court.

RELATED: Lebanon student detained after knife incident

The student, a resident of Clearcreek Twp., “did possess a knife and threaten other students at school” on Sept. 15 at Lebanon High School, according to a complaint filed by Officer Stephen Drake of the Lebanon Police Department.

RELATED: Lebanon student arrested for bringing knives to school

On Wednesday, Judge Joe Kirby ordered the student to “be immediately released” to house arrest and to continue mental health counseling, pending a court hearing set for Oct. 18.

Meanwhile, the student was ordered to report for classes at the Mary Haven Center in the county complex in Lebanon, told to stay off school property and ordered to avoid contact with anyone listed in a protection order issued in the case.

MORE: Lebanon students arrested in school threat cases

School officials reported finding multiple knives after students reported that they had either seen or heard about the knives.

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No one was injured.