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Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 9:53 AM
LEBANON — 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.
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.
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.
School officials reported finding multiple knives after students reported that they had either seen or heard about the knives.
No one was injured.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 2:41 PM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 4:40 PM
A Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge denied a preliminary injunction sought by a Dayton resident who alleged an Ohio Open Meetings (OMA) Act violation because he was denied in his efforts to join a bus tour of Dayton Public Schools facilities.
Judge Richard Skelton ruled Monday in a 7-page decision that Dayton resident David Esrati did not meet the burden of proof about the bus tour containing substantive recommendations or discussion regarding potential closures of school buildings.
Esrati said he plans to continue the suit.
Skelton did write that the 20-member School Facilities Task Force formed to help Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli was a public body — disagreeing with DPS and Dayton city attorneys.
“The court rejects the argument of DPS that the Task Force was only an advisory group for the superintendent and was not a ‘public body’ itself,” Skelton wrote, later adding: “Pretending that the Task Force, including three members of the Board, was only for the Board’s employee would allow a simple subterfuge to avoid the OMA.”
A Dayton Board of Education meeting that includes a potential vote on a school closing proposal is scheduled for Tuesday. An injunction could have stopped or delayed that vote.
“The burden is on the plaintiff to prove that such deliberative discussion occurred during the bus tour and was used by the Board (of Education) in proposing its formal action,” Skelton wrote. “The plaintiff did not produce the first witness who offered any proof that a deliberative or any other discussion was had on the bus tour at issue.”
Skelton wrote that the court “has no basis to find that plaintiff has shown he is likely to succeed on his claimed violation of the OMA at the trial on the merits.
Esrati said Skelton’s decision “makes no sense” and that he received legal advice that he should — and plans to — take the case to trial, currently scheduled for July 11.
“He said clearly they were a public body, and how I’m supposed to prove what they discussed or didn’t discuss is irrelevant because they’re not allowed to meet in private unless it’s for matters of executive session,” Esrati said, later adding: “There’s no way of me proving it because I wasn’t in the bus or in the school or anything else. And that’s a violation.”
Esrati filed the lawsuit without an attorney. He contends he was not allowed to attend a February bus tour of Dayton schools during which task force members went into schools until district attorneys advised them to cancel remaining stops.
On Thursday, Esrati questioned Lolli and also was cross-examined by DPS attorney Brian Wildermuth during the nearly 2½-hour, wide-ranging hearing.
Wildermuth did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Wildermuth, who has said the task force wasn’t a public body and isn’t subject to the open meetings laws, argued in a post-hearing brief that the group was not a decision-maker and didn’t reach any consensus or specific recommendations.
“Plaintiff had the burden of proof,” Wildermuth wrote. “He did not carry that burden.”
Esrati said the board’s actions are a big part of the district’s problem.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
The Troy City Schools Board of Education will begin this week interviewing eight candidates, three already with the district, for the superintendent’s job.
Board President Doug Trostle said the board planned to interview four candidates each night Monday and Tuesday in executive sessions. After those interviews, the board will narrow candidates to its top three for final interviews the week of April 9.
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“We intend to finalize our selection and introduce our new superintendent by the end of April,” Trostle said.
Superintendent Eric Herman announced earlier this year he would retire at the end of July.
K12 Consultants was hired by the board to coordinate the superintendent search. The firm will be paid $17,900.
The firm compiled a search profile following February meetings with various groups including teachers/support staff, parents and the community. The profile identified the top characteristics named for a superintendent as strong interpersonal and public relations skills, effective at creating and implementing a district vision and ability and willingness to deal fairly with faculty, staff, students and parents.
The deadline for applications was March 9. Trostle said 16 applications were received.
The board met in an executive sessions Monday, March 12, with K12 Consultants to review the candidates and narrow the list.
The semi-finalists are:
- Shawn Blazer, assistant superintendent, Northeastern Local Schools, Springfield
- David Dilbone, principal, Troy Junior High School
- Scott Hunt, superintendent, Cardinal Local Schools, Middlefield, Ohio in Geauga County
- Jeremy Miller, assistant superintendent, Troy City Schools
- Michael Moore, director of curriculum, Troy City Schools
- Scott Nelson, former superintendent, Sylvania City Schools, near Toledo
- Jeff Patrick, superintendent Franklin Monroe Schools, Darke County
- Chris Piper, superintendent, Triad Local Schools, North Lewisburg
Information on the superintendent search, including the profile, is available on the district website at www.troy.k12.oh.us
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
The Northeastern Local School Board of Education approved a contingency plan to consolidate the district’s two high schools and close Rolling Hills Elementary School should voters in May again reject a $79 million bond issue for new schools.
The district is asking voters for a bond issue to build two new pre-k through 12th grade schools in the district, one on the Kenton Ridge High School side and the other on the Northeastern High School side. The state has offered to pay about $40 million for the schools, making the total cost of the project about $119 million.
Having a backup plan is necessary, Northeastern Local Schools Superintendent John Kronour said.
“The district faces a number of upcoming facilities expenses to address problems in the aging school buildings, such as leaking roofs, poor air quality, heating and air conditioning regulation, plumbing problems, and other issues,” he said.
The contingency plan calls for closing Rolling Hills Elementary, using South Vienna and Northridge as preschool through fifth-grade elementary buildings, converting Kenton Ridge into a middle school for all sixth- through eighth-grade students and making Northeastern High School the only high school in the district.
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“By eliminating one building, the district will reduce necessary repairs in the future and be able to concentrate limited funds available for facilities upgrades toward the remaining four buildings,” Kronour said.
The Springfield News-Sun will update this article when more information is available.
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Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
MONROE — Soon, adults will be learning new work careers at a beloved former amusement park where generations played.
Work has begun on creating a $3 million Butler Tech adult education campus on 36 acres on what used to be part of the famed LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park in Monroe.
The park opened in 1922 and was located along Ohio Route 4 just south of the State Route 63 interchange. Until it closed in 1999, it was last century’s version of a Kings Island, drawing generations of families over the decades.
And the bright lights that once shone in the adjacent park are now being replaced by the sparks of welding torches as workers prepare almost two dozen classrooms inside a 27,000 square-foot former recreational vehicle dealership adjacent to LeSourdsville’s former entrance.
Another 13,000-square-foot, high-bay building of the RV dealership will also be converted into a learning area for manufacturing careers.
“The name of the campus is Butler Tech’s LeSourdsville campus to honor the history,” said Scott Palmer, executive director of adult education for the county-wide career school system.
“I’ve heard a lot of excitement about this project and a lot of curiosity … that will really help us fill our classes,” said Palmer.
Construction is scheduled to be done in July with adult career training classes starting August, he said.
The new LeSourdsville Campus will be the home to Butler Tech’s Adult Education office, including student services and financial aid, healthcare and manufacturing programs.
Classes in the two buildings will include welding, advanced manufacturing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration and industrial maintenance. Also offered on campus will be ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), adult literacy classes and GED preparation.
Also, healthcare programs will include medical assisting, medical billing and coding, phlebotomy, practical nursing and nurse aide training.
Butler Tech purchased the 36 acres in February 2017, and the city of Monroe plans to convert the long-abandoned LeSourdsville – which in the last years of its operation was renamed “Americana” Amusement Park - into a nature park of 50-plus acres to be named the Monroe Bicentennial Commons.
City plans for the former amusement park property include an extension of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail bike path, which covers about half of the distance within the city limits.