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5/1/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Green High School ranked among top schools

GREEN — Green High School has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the best high schools in Ohio and in the nation for 2014 through the annual Best High School Rankings.

Green ranked 91 out of 832 Ohio public high schools and 1,689th out of more than 19,400 nationwide, and also earned a silver medal.

U.S. News analyzed more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and published data on more than 19,400, including student demographics and results on state exams and Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests.

U.S. News teamed up with American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools in three phases. The first two steps looked at overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. U.S. News used participation in and performance on AP and IB exams to evaluate how well schools prepared students for college-level course work.

In the national rankings, 500 high schools earned gold medals, 1,519 took home silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze for their College Readiness Index score.

For more information, go to www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.


Summit County Public Health offering pet vaccines

SPRINGFIELD — Summit County Public Health (SCPH) will sponsor a rabies clinic for dogs and cats May 10. Vaccinations will be administered from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Springfield Township Maintenance Garage, 2459 Canfield Road.

Appointments are not necessary. SCPH officials request that all dogs and cats be kept on a leash or caged.

Veterinarians from PetGuards will provide the rabies vaccines, as well as the other shots offered. In order for pets to receive the 1- or 3-year rabies vaccine, they must be at least 3 months old. The cost is $8 per animal. Payments will be accepted by cash or check only.

SCPH also will offer the following vaccines and other services for nominal fees: cat shot (annual booster), adult cat shot (for cats older than 5, good for three years), kitten shot (includes wormer), feline leukemia shot (outdoor cats only), dog shot (annual booster), adult dog shot (for dogs older than 5, good for three years), bordatella, puppy shot (includes wormer), heartworm test and “Home Again” microchip identification insertion.

For more information, call SCPH at 330-926-5600.


Green hosting park cleanup day

GREEN — The city of Green’s Parks and Recreation Division is inviting families, individuals and community groups to join in volunteering to clean up Boettler and Southgate parks from 9 a.m. to noon May 17, which is the National Park Trust’s fourth annual National Kids to Park Day.

“The Green community has always been generous with their time and assistance to our parks,” said Mike Elkins, superintendent of Parks and Recreation. “The amount of work we can complete in three hours with 100 volunteers is essential to getting our parks ready for the season for all to enjoy.”

Maintenance projects will include sealing the Heritage Hill Playground structures, spreading mulch, planting flowers, cleaning trails and more.

According to event officials, all ages are invited to participate, but children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver, who is required to work alongside them. Tools and supplies will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own gardening tools and garden gloves.

Volunteers should park near the entrance to Southgate Park and check in at the Boettler Park pavilion. Lunch will be provided to all who participate. Following lunch, families are invited to stay and enjoy the park.

Registration is requested to assist in planning maintenance activities, and the first 50 will receive a free T-shirt. Large groups are welcome. Registration is required for large groups by calling 330-896-6621.


Todd McKenney appointed Barberton Muny Court judge

Judge Todd McKenney
BARBERTON — On April 21, Gov. John Kasich appointed former Summit County Probate Court Judge Todd McKenney to a vacancy on the Barberton Municipal Court bench.

He replaces Christine Croce, who was previously appointed to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

The Barberton Municipal Court serves the communities of Coventry, Green, New Franklin, Clinton, Barberton, Norton and Copley.

McKenney, a resident of New Franklin, served on New Franklin City Council from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010; as a Republican state representative for District 43 from Jan. 3 to Nov. 16, 2011; and as Probate Court judge from Nov. 18, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2012.

McKinney’s investiture ceremony will be held May 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Lake Anna Hall, located at 542 W. Park Ave. The public is welcome to attend. A reception will follow the ceremony with light refreshments provided by the Akron Bar Association.


Green Local Schools receives Auditor of State Award

GREEN — A recent financial audit of Green Local Schools by State Auditor Dave Yost’s Office has returned a clean audit for reporting period July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013, and earned the district the Ohio Auditor of State Award.

Superintendent Jeffrey Miller credited district Treasurer Eydie Snowberger and her staff for the award.

“Mrs. Snowberger’s depth of knowledge in school financing and reporting is second to none,” said Miller. “She leads our financial staff with the utmost respect and professionalism, yet is firm and thorough in all school accounting practices.”

According to district officials, the award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities receiving the award must meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report: must be a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) entity without a CAFR (Certified Annual Financial Report) that timely files its financial reports with the state auditor; and the audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs. Additional criteria requires the entity’s management letter contain no comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely single audit, findings for recovery less than $100, public meetings or public records.

The district also received the award in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, also under Snowberger’s leadership.

“In a time of mounting financial pressures and strangleholds on public school districts, earning the Ohio Auditor of State Award should be a source of pride for all community stakeholders,” said Bob Campbell, president of the Green Local Schools Board of Education. “It is a resounding example of our district’s fiscal responsibility and outstanding return on investment for our community. On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to publically thank and acknowledge Mrs. Snowberger.”


Registration underway for Youth Employment Program

SUMMIT COUNTY — Registration has begun for the Summit County 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program, which kicks off in June and runs through August. Three agencies — Youth Employment for Success (YES), Jobs for Ohio Graduates and the Akron Urban League — are registering eligible participants based on the ZIP codes where the youths reside.

The program serves youths ages 16 to 24 living in households with a minor child and income that does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Both large and small employers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors will provide jobs ranging from clerical and office work to janitorial and maintenance work, as well as child care and other services, according to county officials.

Youths accepted into the program this year will be required to register with the Ohio Means Jobs System website. The system connects job seekers with employers in a variety of ways, including job postings, résumé postings and job search services.

“This program provides valuable work experience and job skills to youth in our communities,” said Summit County Executive Russ Pry. “This year’s new requirement that participants register with the Ohio Means Jobs website will enhance the ability of these teens and young adults to find permanent employment.”

Another new requirement this year is that participants will be required to complete the Work Readiness Program. The program provides training and instructions in “Soft Skills” required to be successful in the workplace.

Due to limited funding, there is no guarantee all youths who register will be chosen. Eligible youths who register will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis, according to county officials.

To register:

  • Youths residing in ZIP codes 44210, 44302, 44303, 44304, 44307, 44308, 44311, 44313, 44314, 44320, 44321, 44325 and 44333 should call 234-542-4176 to register with Akron Urban League.
  • Youths residing in ZIP codes 44224, 44250, 44260, 44262, 44264, 44278, 44301, 44305, 44306, 44310 and 44312 should call 330-374-9477 to register with Jobs for Ohio Graduates.
  • Youths residing in ZIP codes 44056, 44067, 44087, 44203, 44216, 44221, 44223, 44232, 44236, 44286, 44319, 44685 and 44720 should call 330-643-8014 to register with YES.


Ariel Hakim, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.

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