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Lakota digital learning efforts grow with membership in national group

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 12:36 PM

            Lakota Schools has applied for and joined the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, district officials announced Thursday. Lakota is the only school system in Southwest Ohio to become a member of the national organization and is one of only two in the state to be part of the group. The membership will open resources from across the country for advancing Lakota’s expansion of digital learning among its 16,500 students. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF
Lakota Schools has applied for and joined the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, district officials announced Thursday. Lakota is the only school system in Southwest Ohio to become a member of the national organization and is one of only two in the state to be part of the group. The membership will open resources from across the country for advancing Lakota’s expansion of digital learning among its 16,500 students. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF

Lakota Local Schools has been invited to join an elite, national organization pushing for digital learning.

Butler County’s largest school system is now part of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools for its recent efforts in expanding high-tech learning among its 22 schools and 16,500 students.

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The district recently added Superintendent Matt Miller to its top leadership, and in the few months since starting Aug. 1, Miller has rapidly expanded Lakota’s digital footprint.

He pushed the creation of the district’s first Twitter account, started conducting regular online public chats with top district officials, and is pushing sweeping innovation in classrooms.

League of Innovative Schools officials described themselves as a non-profit “national network of forward-thinking K-12 school district superintendents who together solve the challenges facing our schools through innovation and technology.”

The league, which requires an application by school districts seeking to join, has 93 members in 33 states and Lakota is only the second school system in Ohio — and the first in Southwest Ohio — to become a member.

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According to Lakota officials, the district “was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.”

Joining the national league is both an honor and an additional resource in modernizing Lakota classroom learning, said Miller.

“We are very excited to join this prestigious organization and collaborate with like-minded districts across the country. The League of Innovative Schools fosters relationships among forward thinking educators, encouraging innovation in the classroom to best meet the needs of students,” said Miller in a statement announcing the membership.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Lakota Schools — for the students, staff and the community — as we strive to engage our kids every day through innovative teaching methods and the use of educational technology,” he said.

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The advantages for Lakota students include shared digital learning resources from other members across the country.

“Being a member of the League of Innovative schools puts Lakota on a national stage — we are being recognized as a leader in innovative teaching. Other benefits include the opportunity for collaboration between like-minded, forward-thinking leaders in education and being part of working groups throughout the year,” Miller told the Journal-News.

“Great ideas come from collaboration. Our teachers are a testament to that. Being a member of the League of Innovative Schools allows us to tap into other districts throughout the country that are thinking outside the box – finding innovative ways to best teach our children,” he said.

Miller, whose former district Mentor Schools in northern Ohio is the other member in the state, was a nationally recognized advocated for digital learning, which attracted the Lakota school board into hiring him.

Lakota Board of Education Vice President Todd Parnell described the joining national organization as “a big deal.”

“It shows just how far Lakota has come,” said Parnell.

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Victim shot Friday in Springfield has died, coroner’s office confirms

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:55 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

Springfield Police are investigating a shooting

UPDATE @ 10:10 a.m.: 

The victim of a shooting on Russell Avenue in Springfield early Friday morning has died, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

LOCAL WEATHER: Strong to severe storms today; tornadoes, high winds, and hail possible

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Additional details, including the victim’s identity, were not available. 

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An autopsy will be completed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, according to officials. 

We’ll update this story as we learn more. 


Springfield police responded to a shooting on Russell Avenue early Friday morning.

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Crews responded to the 1000 block around 12:30 a.m., per initial reports.

The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

Additional information is expected to be released later this morning.

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Greene County asks court to dismiss Xenia’s annexation case

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:37 AM

Greene County is asking the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals to dismiss the City of Xenia’s claims that county commissioners failed to meet their obligations in the city’s attempt to annex land connected to Central State University.

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Attorneys representing the county commission board last week filed a motion to dismiss and an answer to Xenia’s writ of mandamus, which asks the court to reverse the commission’s decision to deny the city’s petition to annex approximately 45 acres of land connected to CSU’s campus via the Ohio to Erie Trail.

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The county’s filing argues that the commissioners fulfilled their obligation to review the city’s annexation petition. A mandamus seeks to compel a governmental board to “perform its duties ... not to control its discretion,” according to the county’s filing obtained by this news organization through the Greene County Clerk of Courts.

In September 2017, Xenia officials filed the first of three planned petitions for annexing CSU’s campus. In November, commissioners reviewed the merits of the petition during a public meeting and ultimately voted to deny the petition, stating in their resolution that four of the seven requirements spelled out in state law for Type II annexations were not met.

This news organization is working to gather and report more details from the court filings.

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Woman killed in Interstate 75 crash north of Dayton ID’d

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 7:07 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 10:05 AM

SCENE: Fatal crash on I-75 after van loses tire

UPDATE @ 2:51 p.m.:

The woman killed in the crash on I-75 near Needmore Road Thursday morning has been identified as Christina Tester, 53, of Huber Heights.


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A woman is dead after a tire came off a vehicle and crashed through the windshield of a her car traveling in the opposite direction on I-75.

The crash happened around 6:45 a.m. just north of Needmore Road. At 10 a.m., all lanes of the highway reopened after a lengthy closure of two southbound lanes. 

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Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said a tire came off a Dodge Caravan traveling north on I-75. The tire came up over the median wall and hit a Chevy Express before striking the Mustang head-on on the driver’s side.

The driver of the Mustang, only identified as a 53-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity has not been released, pending notification of family. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

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If you are already in the backup and are south of I-70 on southbound I-75, exit at Benchwood Road. 

From Benchwood, you can go west and take North Dixie Drive south, or head east, and pick up Webster Street. 

Both North Dixie and Webster meet up with Needmore Road where you can get back on I-75 south.  If you plan to head on Interstate 70 heading east from the Englewood and Clayton area, exit on Ohio 48 and take that south to Shoup Mill Road. 

Shoop Mill Road west turns into Needmore Road where you can re-enter I-75 south.  If your plan is west on I-70 from the Huber Heights area, exit on on Old Troy Pike and take that south to Needmore Road, where you can also rejoin the highway. 

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Strong to severe storms expected today; tornadoes, high winds, hail possible

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 4:22 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

The chance for showers and thunderstorms arrive today with the possibility of strong storms in the evening.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the Miami Valley under an Moderate Risk for Severe Storms today.  The storm system responsible for the severe weather in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas will slowly shift into the Ohio Valley and then stall across the area through the weekend. There could be some flash flooding if the rain falls too hard, too fast, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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  • Strong to severe storms with wind, hail possible today
  • Humidity and storms arrive Friday
  • Rounds of showers, storms this weekend

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Today: It will be warm, breezy and muggy with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Jesse Maag. A lull in activity is expected through midday with some breaks in clouds. 

Temperatures will climb into the lower 80s with increased humidity. 

Isolated showers and storms begin to develop during the afternoon with a more significant line coming through during the evening. 

Damaging wind gusts will be possible with the strongest storms late in the day.

Tonight: Showers will continue into the overnight hours with a few lingering thunderstorms possible. Humidity will remain high with a low around 67.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Saturday: Showers and storms will continue with little to no severe threat. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Sunday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a continued threat for passing showers and storms. Highs will still hold in the upper 70s.

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Monday: Mostly cloudy skies will start the day with scattered showers and storms redeveloping in the afternoon. HIghs will be a bit warmer in the mid-80s.

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Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with warm temperatures rising into the mid-80s. There will be a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm.

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