Education

Green Schools Stuff the Bus for Blessings in a Backpack


GREEN — Students in the Green Local Schools district recently donated non-perishable food items for the district’s summer distribution of the Blessing in a Backpack program. Items were collected as students brought them onto buses, as well as some items being dropped off by parents. According to district officials, 5,078 items were collected, along with some additional items that were […]

APS board discusses potential layoffs


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the May 13 Finance and Capital Management Committee meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, members discussed the district’s fiscal reorganization and restructuring plan which, if approved by the board, will include a 6.11% reduction of 285 staff positions with 201.5 of them from instructional faculty. Finance Committee co-chairs Job Perry and Barbara […]

West Side Education News & Notes


The University of Akron and Joffrey Ballet School forge academic partnership DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron (UA) and the Joffrey Ballet School of New York City announced an exclusive academic partnership to begin in fall 2024. The collaboration will offer aspiring dancers the opportunity to enroll in the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program for dance training while simultaneously […]

APS board revises public participation policy


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the May 6 meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, board members unanimously approved a revised policy regarding public participation at board meetings. According to board documents, the original policy was adopted in 1997 and revised in 2005, 2006 (twice), 2018 and 2020. The original policy allowed a period for public participation at […]

History brought to life at Lakemore touch-a-truck event


LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village-based S.U.P.E.R (Students Using Proven Educational Resources) Learning Center brought the work of the community’s safety services to life for its students May 6 with a touch-a-truck event. The gathering included visits from the Lakemore Police and Fire departments and the Rescue 343-2 Memorial traveling 9/11 display. Founded as a nonprofit organization in East Canton more than […]

Barberton High School celebrates induction into National French Honor Society


BARBERTON — The Barberton High School (BHS) Chapter of the National French Honor Society (FHS) welcomed seven new members into its ranks during a special ceremony held April 16. In addition to celebrating the achievements of the new inductees, the ceremony also recognized the outstanding accomplishments of four senior members and other third-year participants of the Barberton FHS. The ceremony, […]

APS board revises public participation policy


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the May 6 meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, board members unanimously approved a revised policy regarding public participation at board meetings. According to board documents, the original policy was adopted in 1997 and revised in 2005, 2006 (twice), 2018 and 2020. The original policy allowed a period for public participation at […]

West Side Education News & Notes


Copley-Fairlawn names new superintendent COPLEY — The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education April 30 announced the appointment of Aimee Kirsch as the district’s new superintendent, effective Aug. 1. The unanimous board vote comes following Superintendent Brian Poe’s retirement announcement last month, after serving as superintendent since 2010. Kirsch has been employed by the district since 2017, where she has […]

Hoban senior creates calming room for students in distress


AKRON — Archbishop Hoban High School Senior Grace Fricker presented her Girl Scout Gold Award project April 30 to a group of Hoban administrators and guests. Fricker was awarded a grant by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to create a calming room in Hoban’s Office of Student Services to support student well-being during times of mental distress and […]

Barberton High School Saxophone Quartet performs at Ohio Statehouse


COLUMBUS — Director Lee Gibson led the Barberton High School Saxophone Quartet on a musical journey at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. The quartet of Jay Keeran, Ibai Alba-Ordonana, Isaiah Rockich and Shaelynn Ison delivered a captivating performance in the esteemed Rhodes building lobby as part of the statehouse’s Arts in Education series. Ibai Alba-Ordonana, an exchange student from Spain, […]

Barberton Primary School shows off student clubs at board meeting


BARBERTON — The Barberton City Schools Board of Education was treated to presentations by two new student clubs at Barberton Primary School (BPS) during the April 24 board meeting. Following a building update from Principal Brittany Fox, Kindness Club advisor and BPS physical education teacher Sunni Wallace explained how the new club seeks to spread kindness each day through random […]

Barberton High School inducts 16 students into National Honor Society


BARBERTON — Barberton High School (BHS) inducted 16 students into the National Honor Society April 26. Membership in the organization is one of the highest honors bestowed by Barberton High School and is based on scholarship, leadership, service and character. Shown above, from left: Blake Kurtz, Adrielle McMullen, Jacqueline Gouamba, BHS advisor Heather McMullen, Delaney Dawson, Cameron Babock, Holly Adkins, […]

Green Local Schools approve construction documents for new schools


GREEN — During the regular meeting April 29, the Green Local Schools Board of Education approved construction documents for the new elementary and middle schools. Documents were connected to the district’s Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and the Expedited Local Partnership Program project. “This is the next step in approving the building projects,” said board President Bob Campbell. Superintendent Jeffrey Miller […]

UA students collaborate with Akron Children’s to develop device for pediatric patients


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Students majoring in biomedical engineering at The University of Akron (UA) have partnered with Dr. Hannah Agard Bachtel, a pediatric urologist at Akron Children’s Hospital, to create a novel, home-use device aimed at assisting pediatric patients suffering from Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. This collaboration represents a significant step forward in addressing the symptoms associated with this condition, including […]

St. Hilary students compete in geography bee


FAIRLAWN — St. Hilary School held its school geography bee April 25. National Geographic has permanently discontinued its GeoBee, but eighth-grade teacher Max Sherry organized the St. Hilary geography bee to enable students in grades five through eight to continue to learn about geography and participate in the traditional academic competition. After qualifying at the classroom level, 22 students competed […]

Thousands of rubber ducks race on the Cuyahoga River


CUYAHOGA FALLS — Rubber ducks overtook the Cuyahoga River April 28 for the Cuyahoga Quackstream Classic at Waterworks Park. Student entrepreneurs from Woodridge, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Hudson, Tallmadge and Stow high schools came up with the idea as a part of the EntrepreNEW Pathways program. Woodridge High School teacher Emily Kilgore created the program in 2019, which currently consists of […]

West Side Education News & Notes


Revere Local Schools Board of Education Names New Superintendent BATH — Revere Local Schools announced Daniel White will be the district’s new superintendent. The board voted unanimously to hire White during a special board meeting April 23. He is the current superintendent of Keystone Local School District in LaGrange, where he has worked since 2018. Prior to that time, he […]

Tutoring program at Summit Academy Akron Elementary School attracts national interest


AKRON — Summit Academy Akron Elementary School’s student readers are receiving an academic boost from high-impact tutoring. Liz Cohen, the policy director for Georgetown University think tank FutureEd, visited the school April 22 to get a firsthand look at its tutoring program. Cohen identified Summit Academy as the first special education-focused school she has visited. She and her team are […]

South Side Education News & Notes


Coventry board approves track improvements COVENTRY — After soliciting request for proposals, the Coventry Local Schools Board of Education approved several proposals to move forward with improvements to the track at Coventry High School during its April 17 meeting. Approved were proposals from Vasco Sports Contractors for the removal of the existing high school track and the installation of a […]

Barberton City Schools partner with radio station for music education


BARBERTON — The Summit FM’s Marilyn Stroud Music Alive Program announced a new partnership with Barberton City Schools. The “up-cycling” initiative will provide Barberton students increased access to refurbished musical instruments and music education opportunities. “We are thrilled to welcome Barberton City Schools as the newest member of our public radio station’s popular Music Alive program,” said Tommy Bruno, general […]

West Side Education News & Notes


Norton City Schools approve handbooks for 2024-25 school year NORTON — During the regular board meeting April 15, the Norton City Schools Board of Education approved student handbooks for the 2024-25 school year. Handbooks approved include those for primary school kindergarten, primary school preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school. In other business, the board: • accepted the resignation […]

Highland School Board hears about anxiety program for parents


GRANGER — The Highland Local School District Board of Education heard a presentation on a mental health program aimed at parents at the April 15 meeting. The Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions program, known as SPACE, was a six-week educational workshop offered to parents via Zoom. The program was highlighted by Granger Elementary Principal Dr. LeAnn Gausman as part […]

APS board considers academies for district’s elementary schools


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the April 22 meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, board members heard a presentation about the potential addition of the College & Career Academies (CCAA) program to the district’s elementary schools. Mary Outley, executive director of elementary education, and Marcie Ebright, director of CCAA, explained the academies were introduced in APS high […]

Copley-Fairlawn Schools search for new superintendent begins


COPLEY — The search is on for a new Copley-Fairlawn Schools superintendent following Superintendent Brian Poe’s official retirement announcement at the April 16 board of education meeting. “After 17 years in our terrific school system, the past 14 as superintendent, I have made the decision to retire effective Aug. 1, 2024,” Poe said in an April 9 letter to board […]

Nolley Elementary named Hall of Fame School


NEW FRANKLIN — Nolley Elementary School has been selected as a 2024 Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) Hall of Fame School. Staff and students from Nolley represented their school during the April 16 Manchester Local Schools Board of Education meeting. Mark Jones, OAESA associate executive director, said the designation recognizes schools that engage faculty, students and the community […]

Springfield School Board confirms contract with superintendent


LAKEMORE — The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education, during the regular meeting April 16, confirmed its contract with Superintendent Shelley Monachino. Monachino was reappointed during the Feb. 20 meeting. This action confirms the five-year contract starting Aug. 1, 2025. Terms of the contract include a $115,000 annual salary, an annuity for retirement for $2,600 per year and the extension […]

Akron Public Schools board revisits levy discussion


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the April 11 meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education — rescheduled from April 8 due to the total solar eclipse — Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Stephen Thompson gave an update on the district’s fiscal health and a potential levy, with board member Job Perry absent. Thompson once again provided information about […]

West Side Education News & Notes


Highland bus driver event set GRANGER — The Highland Local School District is hosting an event for those interested in joining the district as a bus driver. The Drive A Bus hiring event will be April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the parking lot at Granger Elementary, 1724 Wilbur Road. Participants will have the opportunity to test drive […]

Education newsmaker


CUYAHOGA FALLS — Cuyahoga Falls resident Jared Shoup, a high school social studies teacher at Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), was recently named a recipient of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission Excellence in Teaching Diversity Award. Shoup was recognized at the Commission’s award ceremony, with many current and former students in attendance. The Excellence in Teaching Diversity award is given to an […]

Coventry board hears track project update


COVENTRY — The Coventry Local Schools Board of Education heard an update from the Coventry Track Committee during the March 20 board meeting about the replacement of the track. The committee consists of Ed Egan, Coventry track coach and Coventry High School (CHS) teacher, along with Danny Savage, past track coach and current Coventry Elementary School (CES) principal. They shared […]

Barberton preschoolers explore solar eclipses


BARBERTON — Heather Sharp and Raetina Giovanini’s classes at Barberton Preschool recently delved into the mesmerizing world of solar eclipses. With a curriculum designed to spark curiosity and foster learning, the preschoolers engaged in a variety of hands-on activities centered around this celestial phenomenon. Through immersive experiences and interactive learning, Barberton Preschool strives to ignite the passion for exploration and […]

Barberton school board approves agreement with cell tower company


BARBERTON — The Barberton City Schools Board of Education March 27 approved a Master Marketing Agreement with Arcadia Towers for the installation of cell towers on district property. Treasurer Craig McKendry said Arcadia Towers is considering vacant properties throughout the district, as well as its sports complex. “They could be located on buildings or grounds and will be a little […]

Students receive local scholarships


AKRON — The St. Sebastian Parish Foundation hosted the annual Foundation Scholarship Mass March 14, during which scholarship recipients were honored for earning 64 scholarships worth over $48,500. The awards will be applied to tuition for the 2024-25 school year at St. Sebastian Parish School, or in the case of eighth-grade students, at a local Catholic high school. Additional eighth-grade […]

APS OKs redistricting, hires design firm


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During a March 20 special meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, members unanimously approved three resolutions, with board member Bruce Alexander absent. The resolutions included the adoption of the district’s amended Redistricting-Restructuring Plan, the renaming of Robinson CLC to National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) STEM High School at Robinson CLC and the […]

West Side Education News & Notes


Woodridge board hears details of solar eclipse day CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education heard details from Superintendent N’ecole Ast about the upcoming total solar eclipse April 8 during the March 19 board meeting. Ast said the district will have remote learning that day with instruction and activities for students planned for the morning. She said […]

Revere school board approves new student handbooks


BATH— All students in the Revere Local School District will be receiving new student handbooks for the 2024-25 academic year following school board approval of the updated handbooks at the March 19 meeting. Handbooks will be distributed to all students attending Richfield Elementary School (RES), Bath Elementary School (BES), Revere Middle School (RMS) and Revere High School (RHS). The board […]

Highland warns of impending transportation crises


GRANGER — Highland Local School District officials are warning parents of a major disruption to school times if the district does not have enough bus drivers for the 2024-25 school year. That was the message given at the March 18 Board of Education meeting, which featured a presentation from Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Senior Transportation Consultant Doug Palmer. Palmer […]

South Side Education News & Notes


Manchester board approves updated health curriculum NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education approved an updated health curriculum for seventh and eighth grade students during its March 19 meeting. The board heard from Director of Curriculum Rachel Willis about the changes, which she said several teachers have been working on for over a year. She said the […]

Barberton High School juniors attend career fair


BARBERTON — On March 7, Barberton High School juniors had the opportunity to explore their career paths at the Junior Achievement (JA) Inspire Career Fair held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The immersive event, hosted by JA of North Central Ohio, provided students with hands-on demonstrations and insights into over 100 different career opportunities across Northeast Ohio. Students […]

BHS equips staff members with American Heart Association CPR certification


BARBERTON — In a proactive measure to enhance safety and well-being within the school community, Barberton High School (BHS) conducted the successful training and certification of 70 staff members in CPR by the American Heart Association. Christa Taylor and Cindy Boswell, advancement to nursing instructors; Jeremy Milford, criminal science technology instructor; Carolyn Mair, health instructor; and Katie Amos, pharmacology instructor […]

Spring Hill students raise $943 for local dog rescue


SPRINGFIELD — For the past three years, Spring Hill Elementary second-grade teacher Ann Morrison has organized a community service project for her students. This year’s project expanded to include all 20 classrooms at the kindergarten through third-grade building, with the fundraising results far surpassing anyone’s expectations. “Every year the kids want to do something for animals,” Morrison said of the […]

West Side Education News & Notes


UA offers credit for past academic, work experience DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron (UA) has introduced an enhanced pathway to earn a college degree quicker and with less cost through its credit for prior learning initiative. This provides adult learners with a unique pathway to accelerate their journey toward earning an undergraduate degree or a certificate. According to […]

South Side Education News & Notes


Springfield School Board reassigns head custodians LAKEMORE — During the March 12 meeting of the Springfield Local Schools Board of Education, members reappointed classified employees Annemarie Ross and Traci Barlow as head custodians, pending proper licensure. Ross will be at Spring Hill Elementary School, effective Feb. 26, and Barlow will be at Schrop Intermediate School, effective March 4. Also at […]

Sykes, Molenaur question changes to APS board agenda


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the March 11 Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education meeting, board member Barbara Sykes asked the administration why discussion topics that were on the board’s agenda earlier in the day had been removed prior to the meeting. According to board documents printed by the West Side Leader (WSL) on the morning of March 11, in […]

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Coventry board hears elementary school updates COVENTRY — The Coventry Local Schools Board of Education heard a presentation from Coventry Elementary School Principal Danny Savage during the Feb. 21 meeting. He highlighted several student-centered activities and learning experiences that have taken place this school year including the masked reader. Savage also told the board about results from the Ohio State […]

Barberton School Board selects hometown superintendent


BARBERTON — The Barberton City Schools Board of Education took little time, and did not have to look far, in its search for a new superintendent. Following the announced Aug. 30 retirement of Superintendent Jeff Ramnytz, the board hired Independence-based Finding Leaders in December 2023 to begin its search for Ramnytz’s successor. At the Feb. 28 school board meeting, in […]

Board honors ‘The Heart of Revere’ founder


BATH — The Revere Board of Education’s Feb. 20 meeting was highlighted by recognition of the founder of “The Heart of Revere,” a district program which provides clothing, supplies and other school essentials for district students in need. Bonnie Simonelli, an at-risk coordinator with the district, introduced Torina White, an active community member and Revere parent who founded “The Heart […]

Akron school board considers plans, settles suit


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the Feb. 26 Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education meeting, board members heard an hourlong update on the administration’s redistricting and restructuring plans, but the third and final reading of a resolution to approve the plans was removed from the agenda for future consideration. Superintendent C. Michael Robinson Jr. said APS families should expect to […]

Green Local Schools files complaints against valuation of multiple real properties


GREEN —The Green Local Schools Board of Education during the regular meeting Feb. 26 approved 12 resolutions for filing a complaint with the county auditor challenging the determination of the valuation of local real property having been sold when the sale price exceeded the true value of the property for tax year 2023 by 10% and $535,000. The following sale […]

South Side Education News & Notes


Manchester board extends police contract NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education during its Feb. 21 meeting approved continuing a police services agreement with the City of New Franklin. The three-year agreement includes one resource officer for the district. There is a separate contract for the district’s other resource officer. Also during the meeting, board member Joe […]


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