Parents tell Hamilton school board they want superintendent returned

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 10:53 PM

Tony Orr has been superintendent of Hamilton schools since 2015.

Some school parents urged the Hamilton Board of Education on Tuesday night to quickly return Superintendent Tony Orr from an ordered administrative leave. 

Orr was ordered by the Hamilton Board of Education last week to go on paid, administrative leave with the board citing both alleged violation of board policies and "allegations of misconduct" in public and internal communications obtained by this news outlet. 

The superintendent who has led the 10,000-student city schools since 2015 was ordered to stay off school property until an "independent investigation" is completed. 

Orr responded with his own statement that he had no idea what the allegations are but he was confident he would be "exonerated at the conclusion of this investigation. I look forward to continuing the great things we are doing for children in Hamilton for many years to come." 

MORE: Hamilton school leader says he doesn't know why he was placed on leave 

And that's what a half dozen school parents and residents told the school board they wanted to see happen. 

"I am proud of the work that Mr. Orr has done for the city of Hamilton and I look forward to seeing what else he is able to accomplish once he is able to return to work," Lisa Roberts told the board. 

School parent Randy Romer asked the board directly "why can't we know why he (Orr) is being penalized?" 

 MORE: 5 things to know about Tony Orr 

"Why are we dragging our feet on this issue? You are effecting my children's education. Since Mr. Orr has been in his position, I've seen better grades for my kids and I've seen more excitement in my kids wanting to go to school," said Romer. 

"Why are we playing politics and ultimately hurting our kids and their education?" he said. 

President Steve Isgro read from a statement handed out to the more than 30 people attending the board meeting and said the board would not comment further on this "personnel matter" while the investigation is proceeding. 

The statement signed by Isgro - differs slightly from previous statements in that it appeared to allude only to a possible violation of board policy. 

 MORE: Records reveal communications between Hamilton school board and superintendent 

"We take our (board) policies very seriously," wrote Isgro. "We will always follow up on allegations quickly and thoroughly while also knowing that allegations are not equivalent to guilt." 

Previously, Isgro had stated the allegations do not involve students. 

Neither Isgro, nor other board members, commented in response to speakers who supported Orr.

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Stanford students protest school, Brock Turner case

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:13 AM

Group holds protest at Stanford related to Brock Turner case

Students of Stanford University protested the school in connection with the Brock Turner case for the way the school planned to honor the woman he assaulted in 2015.

The group of student protesters read passages from a letter written by the woman known as “Emily Doe” to the court Friday. 

>>More dry time expected to start this week

“You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety.”

A plaque in “Doe’s” honor was to be installed, but the university reportedly refused to use her chosen quotes.

A Stanford University spokesman said two quotes could not be accepted because they would be triggering to survivors of sexual violence.

Turner spent three months in jail for the assault and lives in Greene County as a registered sex offender.

He appealed his conviction and has asked for a new trial.

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High water blocks some roads; troopers urge driver safety

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:54 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 5:43 AM

Flooding causes driving concern in Miami Valley

Heavy rains made for tough driving conditions Saturday, but high water remains a concern through the weekend.

Lower lying and more rural roads are at a greater risk of flooding, such as Ohio 68 in Beavercreek, and Ohio 725, which is closed until further notice between Peniwit and Lower Bellbrook roads.

>> Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R., other spots

“We just want motorists to take a little extra time in planning where they want to go,” Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Anyone planning to head out this morning should be aware of potential flooding that could block your way.

If you see standing water in the roadway, turn around, even if the water appears shallow.

“It’s not worth the risk. It’s better to just safely turn around and find another way,” Murphy said.

Water pushing out of man holes between Xenia Avenue and Pritz Avenue in Dayton Sunday morning.

>> Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

On wet roadways another concern is hydroplaning, when tires lose their grip on the pavement. Motorists in that situation are advised to “just let off the gas, slow down, and try to get to a safe area,” Murphy said.

Late Saturday and early Sunday there were reports of flooding throughout the Miami Valley.

3:27 a.m.: High water reported at Wilson Road between Fenner Road and OH-55.

3:05 a.m.: South Valley at US-35 is shut-down due to high water.

1:45 a.m.: April Lane at New Germany Trebien Road and Beavery Valley Road closed.

12:00 a.m.: Upper Bellbrook Road reported having high water.

12:00 a.m.: High water on US-68 and North at Sutton Road caused a vehicle slide off and a police cruiser was damaged.

11:30 p.m.: Hebble Creek was out of its banks in Fairborn in Greene County

11:17 p.m.: A flash flood in Lebanon in Warren County led to multiple road closures throughout the county due to high water, including Morrow-Milgrove Road, Lower Springboro and South Pioneer roads and Corwin Road.

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More dry time expected to start this week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

Counties under flood advisory until 10:30 a.m.:

Butler, Preble, Wayne (In.)

Counties under flood advisory until 10:45 a.m.:

Montgomery, Greene, Clinton, Warren

A pre-dawn shower is possible early today. Aside from that, there will be decreasing clouds and more afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 miles per hour at times.

Quick-Look Forecast:

  • Flood watch continues through 10 a.m. today.
  • More dry time to start the week.
  • Rain returns Wednesday and Thursday.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TONIGHT: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

TUESDAY: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

WEDNESDAY: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

THURSDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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Two vehicle crash in Trotwood

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:23 AM

Trotwood police are on scene of a two vehicle crash that caused a road block at Salem Avenue and Wolf Road around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

>>High water blocks some roads; troopers urge driver safety

The crash was not weather related, according to Trotwood Police. There was no flooding the area.

Police measured that one car slid over 300 feet after impact with the other vehicle. 

The two people involved were not injured.

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