West Carrollton superintendent search resumes tonight

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:49 PM


            The West Carrollton City Schools Board of Education is interviewing several candidates with area ties for the superintendent’s job being vacated this summer by Rusty Clifford. NICK BLIZZARD
The West Carrollton City Schools Board of Education is interviewing several candidates with area ties for the superintendent’s job being vacated this summer by Rusty Clifford. NICK BLIZZARD

The West Carrollton City Schools superintendent’s job is scheduled to be discussed tonight.

The board of education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in executive session to discuss the post for which 10 people have been identified as candidates. Board President Roberta Phillips has said the district wants to make a decision by early May on a successor for longtime Superintendent Rusty Clifford, whose resignation is effective July 31.

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It’s not clear if tonight’s session will involve candidate interviews or discussion. It is the fifth special meeting called this month involving superintendent candidates. The board also met Saturday regarding the job after holding executive sessions on March 8, 11 and 13.

Sixteen Ohio school administrators applied for the job and the board opted to interview 10, including a handful with area ties.

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Those selected for interviews with the district for the job held since 1999 by Clifford include:

-Amy Baldridge, Greene County Educational Service Center director of educational programs;

-Kimberly Hall, Walter Shade Early Childhood Center principal in West Carrollton;

-Shelley Hilderbrand, Huber Heights City Schools assistant superintendent;

-Matthew McCorkle, former Washington Court House Schools superintendent;

-Jeff Patrick, Franklin-Monroe Local Schools superintendent.

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The other five include: Thomas Bailey, assistant superintendent of Three Rivers Local Schools in Cleves near Cincinnati; Martha Hasselbusch, superintendent of South Central in Greenwich; Robert Humble, superintendent of Fairbanks Local Schools in Milford Center; Michael McCoy, superintendent of Oak Hill Union Local Schools in Jackson County; and Andrea Townsend, superintendent of New Bremen Local Schools in Auglaize County.

Tonight’s session is scheduled to be at the board of education office, 430 E. Pease Ave.

A $1,000 donation has a special playground project closer to happening

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:54 PM

The new playground dream of Walter “Superbubz” Herbert is a $1,000 closer to reality. Thanks to the Fairfield High School Alumni Association’s donation Tuesday the “Build it for Bubz” playground equipment project, honoring the deceased first grader, has gone beyond its campaign goal of $15,000.
The new playground dream of Walter “Superbubz” Herbert is a $1,000 closer to reality. Thanks to the Fairfield High School Alumni Association’s donation Tuesday the “Build it for Bubz” playground equipment project, honoring the deceased first grader, has gone beyond its campaign goal of $15,000.

The new playground dream of Walter “Superbubz” Herbert is a $1,000 closer to reality.

Thanks to the Fairfield High School Alumni Association’s donation Tuesday, the “Build it for Bubz” playground equipment project, honoring the deceased first grader, has gone beyond its campaign goal of $15,000.

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Jerry Oberdorf, president of the alumni association, came to Walter’s old school – Fairfield Central Elementary – and presented the $1,000 donation to School Principal Karrie Gallo.

Oberdorf also announced Walter, who passed away due to a childhood cancer in October, will be made an honorary lifetime member of the association.

Gallo said “as of today, we have raised $16,414!”

The additional donated money will go for more playground equipment for the new school, which opened its doors in September.

“Superbubz lives on and continues to touch so many in our community,” said Gina Gentry-Fletcher, spokeswoman for the 10,000-student district.

Thanks to an extraordinary outpouring of support from Fairfield school officials - as well as many throughout Southwest Ohio – Walter was allowed to “graduate” early from high school in a specialized ceremony attended by more than 300 at Central Elementary.

MORE: Dying lad’s dream: A new playground for his classmates

The plans were shared with the first grader in his final weeks of life, and he helped his friend Gallo pick out the playground equipment the school would order should money ever become available.

“It is important to know that if we exceed our goal, the additional funds will not go to waste,” said Gallo. “We are hoping to also purchase a bench and a memorial plaque for the playground. Any additional funds will simply go towards fulfilling Bubz dream of having the best playground on Earth.”

Donations can be made online here or mailed to Fairfield Central Elementary, 5054 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Ohio 45014.

Mason school board to hold first meeting since ‘lynch’ comment

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:42 AM


            The first meeting of the Mason school board in the wake of a racial incident that drew national attention will take place Tuesday evening.
The first meeting of the Mason school board in the wake of a racial incident that drew national attention will take place Tuesday evening.

The first meeting of the Mason school board in the wake of a racial incident that drew national attention will take place Tuesday evening.

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This news organization will attend the meeting tonight for coverage of the governing board for the 10,400-student school system.

The preliminary agenda for the meeting has no listed items that directly address the incident that came to light earlier this month and drew nationwide media attention.

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Each public board meeting, however, allows a portion of its proceedings for public comment. Board members are also free to comment on whatever issues they desire to address.

The public segment of the Mason Board of Education meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mason High School’s Harvard Room, 6100 South Mason-Montgomery Road.

The controversial exchange with the student, which occurred in December, involved a white, Mason Middle School teacher telling an African-American student his classmates would “lynch” him if he didn’t complete his school work.

The 22-year-veteran teacher - Renee Thole – apologized to the student and later to his mother.

She was first reprimanded by Mason district officials, then after days of public outcry – and recommendations from the boy’s mother – she was ordered on administrative leave by the same officials until she completed a racial and cultural sensitivity training course.

Mason officials have apologized for the incident and vowed to boost existing racial and cultural education programs as well as create new, diversity outreach efforts in Warren County’s largest school system.

MORE: Kings Schools officials vow changes coming in wake of racial incident

“Some have called for this teacher to be immediately fired and banned from ever teaching again,” said Mason Schools Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline in a public message released last week.

“We understand and respect the passion of these viewpoints. The teacher has been disciplined. She is required to take further training to learn from this troubling mistake. And our school district will do more to help educators make their classrooms more inclusive and equitable by providing training on how to combat bigotry and bias,” said Kist-Kline.

Lebanon hires new football coach

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

Matthew Hopkins, Lebanon football coach
Matthew Hopkins, Lebanon football coach

Matthew Hopkins has been named the next varsity head football coach for Lebanon High School.

Hopkins served as the head football coach for Preble Shawnee High School, where last year the team had the most wins in school history.

RELATED: Lamb resigns as football coach

He will be replacing Shawn Lamb, who led the Warriors for the past 13 seasons and “decided to step away for personal reasons,” according to a press release issued by the school district.

Lebanon was a combined 76-55 with Lamb as head coach and won Greater Western Ohio Conference divisional titles in 2006, ’09 and ’11. But the Warriors closed last season with one win in their last seven games. Lebanon was 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the GWOC National West. Springboro defeated Lebanon 38-7 in the regular-season finale.

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Hopkins will also serve the district as the student services administrator at Lebanon High School. The board is to create this job at a board meeting Tuesday.

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Hopkins is a 2002 graduate of Preble-Shawnee, where he was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Arrows.

He is a 2006 graduate of Miami University, where he received his degree in education. Prior to serving as head coach at Preble-Shawnee, Hopkins worked as an assistant coach at Eaton High School for seven years, five in which the team went to the playoffs.

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Hopkins will be meeting with returning players in the near future to introduce himself, discuss off-season conditioning and establish goals for the upcoming season. He will also be working with the athletic director in filling his assistant coaching positions in the upcoming weeks. A public meet-and-greet event is being planned for a future date.

“I am very excited to welcome Mr. Hopkins to Lebanon High School as our Student Services Administrator and football coach. I want to thank the selection committee for their hard work and commitment in finding a great educator and coach. I encourage our community to rally around Coach Hopkins, his staff, and the football program,” Todd Yohey, superintendent of Lebanon City Schools, said in the release.

Badin High School plans $1.8M expansion as enrollment grows

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:47 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:13 PM


            Butler County’s only Catholic high school is expanding this year to better handle its growing enrollment. This week officials at Badin High School released more details about its first campus expansion since 2006 including a $1.8 million construction project that will add a new “Student Development Center.”(Provided illustration)
Butler County’s only Catholic high school is expanding this year to better handle its growing enrollment. This week officials at Badin High School released more details about its first campus expansion since 2006 including a $1.8 million construction project that will add a new “Student Development Center.”(Provided illustration)

Butler County’s only Catholic high school is expanding this year to better handle its growing enrollment.

This week, officials at Badin High School released more details about the school’s first campus expansion since 2006, including a $1.8 million construction project that will add a new “Student Development Center.”

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“The new Student Development Center is another example of Badin making effective strides to enhance our facilities,” said Dirk Allen, spokesman for Badin High School.

“We’re very excited about it. Classes, facilities, opportunities for students, all of that comes together to create an outstanding educational experience for the Badin student body,” said Allen.

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Construction on the new, one-story, 8,000-square-foot center will begin this summer and is projected to be done by Christmas.

Allen said the new center “will feature a student commons for use before, during and after school meetings, group projects and a much needed study space. The guidance office will vacate a classroom in the school building and will move to the new Hamilton Community Foundation College and Career Center – a state-of-the-art facility with computer work stations and a meeting space for colleges to meet with students.”

“Our enrollment continues to grow. We were at 449 students in 2009-2010, (and) our enrollment has grown every year since then. We are at 575 this year and expect to be over 600 next year,” he said.

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“The building project will be very helpful (and) students will no longer have to walk outside between the main building and the Pfirman Center in inclement weather.”

The new center will also allow two former classrooms - converted into office space - to return to instructional spaces.