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State money, local tax hike may bring new school to Monroe

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:40 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:54 PM


            Students change classes in the junior high section of Monroe Junior/Senior High School Tuesday, Oct. 17. Monroe’s school board could decide to move on a new school tax hike and building plan next year as a way to go to handle the district’s growing enrollment. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Students change classes in the junior high section of Monroe Junior/Senior High School Tuesday, Oct. 17. Monroe’s school board could decide to move on a new school tax hike and building plan next year as a way to go to handle the district’s growing enrollment. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Monroe’s newest school may rise from the site of its just-demolished, oldest school.

But residents will first have to reach into their wallets in 2018 to make it happen.

Monroe’s school board could decide to move on a new school tax hike and building plan next year as a way to go to handle the district’s growing enrollment.

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The community heard some of the building options Monday during a special public presentation by school officials at the Butler County district’s grades two through 12 school building, which has been suffering overcrowding in recent years.

Adding to the squeeze is Monroe’s aging primary school, which was built in 1954.

The primary school, which is adjacent to the now empty 29 acres that used to be the former Lemon-Monroe school campus, may also be demolished to make way for a new elementary or middle school under one of the scenarios being considered by school officials.

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“We are packed to the gills,” Monroe Board of Education Vice President David Grant told more than 80 residents who attended the public forum designed to answer their questions and layout the possible timeline for a school tax hike and new building.

District officials said the decision to put a school building bond issue on November 2018 ballot will require gathering more information from state education officials. Specifically those at the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) — which will soon be providing decade-ahead enrollment projections and funding options that could mean the state will pay for about 50 percent of the costs for a new school.

The amount of the tax bond issue to cover school construction costs, its mileage and cost per property owner will be determined by OFCC and other calculations by spring of 2018, according to school district officials.

When the Monroe school system split from Middletown Schools in 2001, it enrolled 1,300 students. Enrollment now is more than 2,800.

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Monroe Junior High Principal Joe Ward told the audience that classrooms are overflowing and often students are forced to study in the hallways.

“We’ve grown too much. We’ve turned offices into classrooms and our media center is no longer a media center but now holds classes and our school resource officer works in a converted closet,” said Ward.

Monroe Superintendent Phil Cagwin said OFCC officials have already told district officials they will not pay for any renovation of Monroe Primary School because it’s too old.

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That school — at 225 Macready Ave. — houses student in pre-kindergarten through first grade.

District officials said they estimate that if the school board green lights the new school project — and if voters in November 2018 approve a school bond issue — a new school, which would have students from three to four various grade levels, could open in 2021.

Residents wanting to give their opinion about the facility options can participate in an online survey or call the Monroe Board of Education office at 513-539-2536.

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Two Warren County school threat cases in court today

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:17 AM


            Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby during an earlier school threat case in Warren County.
Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby during an earlier school threat case in Warren County.

Two Warren County boys in detention are scheduled to appear today in juvenile court in connection with alleged school threat cases.

One boy, 17, of Turtlecreek Twp. is charged with inducing panic by texting, “THAT’S IT IM GONNA SHOOT UP A SCHOOL I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE” to friends on Feb. 15.

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This case stems from an incident reported on Friday night by Lebanon City Schools involving a student threatening a student in another district using social media.

He is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. in the Warren County Juvenile Court.

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Another juvenile is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. hearing on charges including inducing panic and intimidation of a witness in the court in Lebanon, according to court officials.

MORE: Bomb threats plaguing Warren County schools again

No complaint has been filed in this case.

We will continue to gather information and update this story as new details come out.

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Wright State hires company to help find a new provost

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:17 AM


            Tom Sudkamp, outgoing Wright State University provost.
Tom Sudkamp, outgoing Wright State University provost.

Wright State University officials are beginning the search for the school’s next provost.

The university is aiming to find a provost in time for the new administrator to start at the school on July 1, the first day of the fiscal year and the same day president Cheryl Schrader will celebrate her one-year anniversary at Wright State.

The provost is the chief academic officer for the university and is the second in command.

The university has hired the search firm Greenwood Asher to assist with the search, according to an email sent to campus on Monday. The firm, which is based in Miramar Beach, Florida, has assisted in searches for Ohio State University, the University of Oregon and several other colleges.

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This news organization has submitted a public records request for a copy of Wright State’s contract with Greenwood Asher. Nominations for the provost position can be made on a dedicated web page for the search.

Typically when colleges hire a search firm, they are able to shield the names of the candidates who apply from public records requests. Wright State took a similar approach with applicants for the president’s job, until a search committee narrowed down the pool to three people.

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Like with the presidential search in 2016 and 2017, a search committee including Wright State administrators, faculty and students will consider provost candidates. The committee will be led by faculty senate president Travis Doom and WSU trustee and Fifth Third Bank executive Stephanie Green, according to the university.

Together the search firm and committee will host a forum on the provost search at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the student union’s apollo room. The forum will be streamed live on Wright State’s website.

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Outgoing provost Tom Sudkamp announced in December that he would step down from his position on June 30. He was appointed provost for a three year term in 2015 under then-president David Hopkins, who resigned abruptly in March as the university struggled to deal with its budget problems.

Wright State trustees slashed more than $30.8 million from the school’s budget in June as an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending.

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Miamisburg turns 200 today: 10 things to know about city’s history

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:13 AM


            Miamisburg was founded 200 years ago today on Feb. 20, 1818. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Miamisburg was founded 200 years ago today on Feb. 20, 1818. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Tonight Miamisburg will mark its 200th anniversary with a Founder’s Day celebration at the Baum Opera House.

The event comes two centuries to the day after Miamisburg was founded in 1818.

As the city marks its first significant bicentennial celebration, here are 10 things to know about Miamisburg’s history:

The Indian burial mound in Miamisburg was built by the Adena tribe long before the Miami Indians settled in the area.

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Miamisburg was founded after four Pennsylvania men - Emanuel Gebhart, Jacob Kercher, Dr. John Treon and Dr. Peter Treon - offered at public auction the sale 90 lots in the new town of Miamisburg.

The Daniel Gebhart Tavern served during the 1800s as a gathering place for local residents and as a resting place for travelers, it stands today as a museum at the corner of Lock and Old Main streets.

The Baum Opera House was built by Charlie Baum in the late 1800s on what is now First Street in downtown Miamisburg.

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The Miamisburg High School Alumni Association – started on June 11, 1988 - is the oldest continuously active high school alumni association in the in the nation.

Teddy Roosevelt is the only known sitting president to visit Miamisburg.

Miamisburg native George “Hobby” Kinderdine was credited - on Oct. 3, 1920 - with kicking the first extra point in what eventually became the National Football League.

RELATED: Riverfront Park to be ‘center stage’ for weeklong bicentennial events

Mound Laboratories opened during World War II as a federal research facility. It played a significant role in developing atomic energy and was instrumental in nuclear and space age technology spanning the Cold War era. A museum focusing on the facility is set to open this spring on the site, now Mound Business Park.

The ballot initiative that established the City’s Council-Manager form of government was passed in 1966 by four votes.

A train carrying phosphorus derailed in July 1986 near the Great Miami River. It caught fire and led to the evacuation of about 30,000 people in Miamisburg, West Carrollton and Moraine.

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Lawyer accused of lying in Russia investigation

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

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