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West Clermont advocates for public schools

October 29, 2015

There was a full house at the West Clermont Public School Advocacy kickoff meeting, held Oct. 14 in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Center at Glen Este High School.

The meeting was led by West Clermont Local School District Superintendent Keith Kline, who encouraged school staff, parents, students and community members to learn more about the effect that charter schools have on public education.

“As you know, public education has been under fire for a long time now. Funding continues to dwindle, we send more and more of our resources to poorly performing, for-profit charter schools and the entire teaching profession continues to be demeaned,” Kline said in an email.

He added, “While there has been some movement in Columbus around charter school accountability, there are still major issues around funding, evaluation of teachers, the burden of assessments and the destruction of public education as we know it. Enough is enough!”

 

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School administrators seek to engage Dublin’s older residents

October 28, 2015

Typical among school districts, about 65 percent of Dublin’s residents don’t have children in the district, say Dublin schools administrators.

So how does a school district keep empty-nesters involved and invested? Feed them, and promise live entertainment.

On Monday, 34 senior citizens gathered at the district’s Central Office at 7030 Coffman Rd. to visit the buffet line, chat with friends and hear what’s going on with their grandchildren’s schools directly from the Dublin administrators.

The Senior Council Advisory Committee, which convenes four times a year, started about seven years ago. At first, the district had to recruit seniors, but soon the group grew by word of mouth.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said it isn’t directly about passing levies, but “this is like deposits into the bank of good will.”

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Communication is key in times of crisis

October 27, 2015

It’s 10 p.m. when you get the call.

The police have one of your teachers in custody. They just raided his home and found a basement full of marijuana plants, as well as bags of dried leaves. The teacher was turned in by a high school student, who reported that the teacher not only sold the drug to students, but also hosted “smoke parties” at his home. She provided photos taken on her phone, some of which are already posted on social media sites.

       The media has been calling for the past hour, but you decide to ignore them. After disconnecting your phone, you go to bed.

       Tomorrow is another day. 

 

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to visualize circumstances that could throw a school district into crisis. From bad weather and school violence to legal problems, health epidemics, and facility breakdowns, the opportunities for a crisis present themselves daily.

How your district handles that crisis, however, could have a significant impact on community and taxpayer support.  Denial, failure to communicate, or a slow response, are simply unacceptable.

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Parental Engagement: Crucial Element of Successful Schools

October 8, 2015

As U.S. students begin another school year, conversations and even heated debates revolve around school quality and definitions of student success.

But the narrative is changing. The 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools found that student engagement and hope are more important measures of school effectiveness than test scores.

And here’s another key ingredient to school success: parents themselves. More specifically, parental engagement.

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Growth Strengthens Schools and Property Values in Central Ohio

October 5, 2015

An influx of young families with school-age children to a community is a sign of economic health and vitality. It also can be a challenge for central Ohio school districts that already are operating buildings over capacity, and looking at enrollment growth in coming years.

The fact that the Columbus region is experiencing the strongest growth in Ohio is evidenced by the baby (and kid) boom in communities such as Powell, Hilliard and Dublin. Their enrollment surge, along with other population shifts around the state in recent years, turns the longstanding reference to Ohio’s “Big 8” urban school districts on its head: Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati still are the top three, in that order, but Olentangy, South-Western and Hilliard now among the top 10 districts in terms of enrollment. Westerville and Dublin come in at Nos. 11 and 12 statewide, while once-big districts such as Canton and Youngstown have slipped significantly to Nos. 20 and 59 in the state.

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Ohio Survey Results: College Credit Plus a popular idea, and won’t hurt prospects for levy passage

October 1, 2015

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Click here for results of survey provided by Paul Fallon

 

 

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