May 26, 2016

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Medina Schools students to get the fireworks they want

MEDINA — For the first time, fireworks will climax a Medina High School homecoming game.

But taxpayers won’t foot the bill. The $3,000 price tag for the fireworks after the Oct. 4 game will be covered by funds raised by two student organizations — Student Council and Volunteer Opportunities for Teens.

The Medina school board approved adding the fireworks at Monday’s meeting.

The district is in the midst of a campaign for a five-year, 5.9-mill levy, which will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. If approved, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $206 a year.

During the community comment section of the meeting, Medina resident Mark Kuhar, who started the Medina City Schools Outrage page, asked the board whether its policies on communication would be changed after an Aug. 28 fight at Medina High School sparked discussion about how the district handled the incident.

Interim Superintendent Dave Knight said the short answer was “yes,” and said the administration always is looking at how it might improve communication.

Knight also said he could not share details of the fight with the community, citing student privacy.

Students had shared a photo on Twitter of a student being led away by a police officer in handcuffs. As a result of the fight, one student was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

“I will never be able to be as quick as somebody who has a smart phone and a camera and will be able to take a picture of what is happening as it happens,” he said.

Knight would not say how many students were suspended. Earlier in the meeting, Knight congratulated custodian Jim Stukbauer for breaking up the fight.

In other action Monday, the board approved the resignation of Claggett Middle School math teacher Katie Hill-Asaro, effective Friday. A Medina County grand jury indicted Hill-Asaro last month on a charge of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison and a $7,500 fine.

Hill-Asaro is accused of allowing her husband to grow marijuana at their Litchfield Township home.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or ­