Lebanon schools settle federal racial harassment case

Published: Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 6:15 PM


            The Lebanon City Schools have settled a racial harassment case with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Most of the claims involved the junior high, although there are claims involving the high school and messages posted on the Instagram social network.
The Lebanon City Schools have settled a racial harassment case with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Most of the claims involved the junior high, although there are claims involving the high school and messages posted on the Instagram social network.

Lebanon City Schools agreed to take a series of steps to settle a racial harassment case filed more than two years ago with the U.S. Department of Education.

In a settlement with the department’s Office of Civil Rights, the district has agreed to issue an anti-harassment statement sent to parents, published in district newsletters and posted in prominent locations in the community and on the district website.

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In addition, the district is to revise its policies on racial discrimination and harassment and provide an employee training program on racial discrimination and harassment for approval by the federal regulators.

Also, the district is to form districtwide and student committees to “foster a positive educational climate free of racial discrimination and harassment,” according to the settlement signed on Aug. 22 by Superintendent Todd Yohey.

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“This agreement will become effective immediately upon the signature of the district’s representative below,” according to the settlement.

The school district has already been working on building diversity awareness for two years, Yohey said Monday.

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“The Lebanon City School District is glad to have this case finally settled. The allegations referenced in the case occurred a few years ago and have led to a greater awareness throughout the school community. We have been working with the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center for over two years and will continue to engage our students and faculty in diverse and global education,” Yohey said in a statement.

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Most of the claims involved the junior high, although there were claims involving the high school and messages posted on the Instagram social network.

Robert Newman, the lawyer representing the students and families who filed four complaints with the federal office, said the district also settled individual claims approved by the Warren County Probate Court.

The families left the district and their children are enrolled in school elsewhere, Newman said.

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Springboro 12-year-old who made school threat will be allowed back in August

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 10:59 AM


            A 12-year-old convicted in a school threat case in Springboro will be permitted to begin junior high in August, provided he comply with conditions set by the district and confirmed by the judge in his court case.STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD
A 12-year-old convicted in a school threat case in Springboro will be permitted to begin junior high in August, provided he comply with conditions set by the district and confirmed by the judge in his court case.STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD

A Springboro student, now 12, convicted of making false alarms in May by “asking if he should use” a gun he falsely claimed was in his bag on a school bus will be allowed to return to school on Aug. 16.

The false school threat case is one of about 18 in Warren County since deadly school shootings this year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and Santa Fe High School in Texas.

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To be permitted to enter Springboro Junior High next month, the student who made the May 18 threat will be required to meet conditions established by the district superintendent and included in the boy’s sentence earlier this week in Warren County Juvenile Court.

Rather than expel the student, who at the time attended the local intermediate school, Springboro Superintendent Dan Schroer said the district would require him “to write an article on the importance of appropriate behavior on the school bus.”

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Also in the June 7 letter attached to the boy’s court filings, Schroer said the boy “must research and write an article on why it is so important to not threaten other individuals — especially referring to having a weapon — to include what he has learned through this situation.”

The boy, who was suspended for three days, will also be required to complete 20 hours of community service at the district’s bus garage and comply with recommendations of a counselor regarding “issues he is having at school and especially his inability to tell the truth,” Schroer wrote in the letter.

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Monthly reports will be made to the school principal and court, and the family will be required to schedule and attend monthly meetings with Principal Jon Franks.

In addition, the boy is to join two clubs and is to be recommended for a leadership program at the junior high.

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Springboro school officials declined to comment “at this time.”

Kirby also required the boy and his parents to attend a Nov. 5 compliance hearing in juvenile court, according to court records provided in response to a public records request.

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Springboro celebrates ranking among Ohio high schools

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 10:13 AM


            Springboro High School is ranked 54th by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 Best Ohio High School Rankings, according to a press release issued by Springboro Community City Schools this morning. STAFF / MARSHALL GORBY
Springboro High School is ranked 54th by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 Best Ohio High School Rankings, according to a press release issued by Springboro Community City Schools this morning. STAFF / MARSHALL GORBY

Springboro High School is ranked 54th by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 Best Ohio High School Rankings, according to a press release issued by Springboro Community City Schools this morning.

“Springboro High School is ranked #1414 in the National Rankings and earned a silver medal,” according to U.S. News & World Report. “Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.”

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In Ohio, 822 high schools were ranked.

“I am so proud of the work being done by our staff at Springboro High School. The continued outreach and relationship building from our teachers and administration goes unmatched, as seen by the outstanding success of our students. Our district will continue to move forward thanks to the gracious support of our teachers, staff and community,” said Springboro Superintendent Dan Schroer in the release.

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Students at Springboro High School can take 28 advanced-placement courses and exams. According to U.S. News & World Report, 43 percent of the school’s students participate.

Last year, 96 percent graduated last year and 483 graduates received more than $7 million in scholarships, while four students were named National Merit Scholars, according to the school district release.

The school ranked 61st in 2016 and 94th in 2015, according to the school district.

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“Our students and staff continue to meet the high expectations set forth by Springboro Schools. Challenging our students with rigorous courses and innovation, which enhances the level of student learning, has been a priority over the years. Stretching students academically, while focusing on educating the whole child, is very important to all students and their future. As you can see from the last three years of data, we have made great strides, and we will continue to grow, ” Springboro High School Principal Kyle Martin said in the release.

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RateMyProfessors drops ‘hotness’ ratings for college professors

Published: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

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FILE (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Hot for teacher? Not anymore.

Ratemyprofessors.com, a popular online forum to rate college instructors, dropped a prominent category on its site that apparently rated the appearance of professors. Students could rate professors on their appearances — a chili pepper symbol next to the professor’s name meant students thought the professor was physically attractive.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reported this week that the site had received numerous complaints from female professors on Twitter who said the chili pepper symbol was sexist.

“For RateMyProfessors to use this jocular way to evaluate people is gross,” BethAnn McLaughlin, an assistant professor of neurology and pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, told the Chronicle.

The website responded and said the chili pepper was never meant to rate the “hotness” of a professor, but their “dynamic/exciting” teaching style. Professors said it was a general assumption of students that the chili pepper indicated physical attractiveness. 

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Fairborn names interim school superintendent, treasurer

Published: Monday, July 02, 2018 @ 4:22 PM


            The groundbreaking for the new Fairborn Primary School was held June 1. The district has named an interim superintendent and treasurer. FILE
The groundbreaking for the new Fairborn Primary School was held June 1. The district has named an interim superintendent and treasurer. FILE

The Fairborn City Schools Board of Education has named an interim superintendent after the previous superintendent announced he was taking another job.

The board interviewed two candidates before hiring Eugene Lolli as interim superintendent, according to a Fairborn City Schools news release.

Lolli is the principal of Fairborn High School. He was previously superintendent of Springboro Community Schools, and he also applied for the Fairborn superintendent position in February 2016. His wife, Elizabeth, is superintendent of Dayton Public Schools.

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“We feel that Mr. Lolli will allow for a smooth transition as we search for a new superintendent and will continue to move the district forward in a positive direction,” school board members wrote in a press release.

The board accepted the resignation of previous superintendent Mark North at last week’s meeting. North had served as superintendent since August 2016 and is moving to lead the Wood County Educational Service Center.

The board also approved the hiring of Assistant Treasurer Rick Taylor as interim treasurer during the search for a new treasurer.

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