January 30, 2015


Appeals court: Case Western Reserve can deny degree to student based on ‘professionalism’

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CINCINNATI — A university in Ohio can deny a medical degree to a student if the school decides that the student lacks “professionalism,” a federal appeals court ruled. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that ordered Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to give Amir Al-Dabagh a degree despite Read More…

State ends fiscal watch for Cloverleaf Schools

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After 11 years under the eye of state auditors, representatives from the state auditor’s office gave Cloverleaf Schools high marks for its finances Tuesday morning and disbanded a board appointed in 2012 to oversee the district’s finances. “This district did a wonderful job, they reduced expenditures by $5 (million) to $6 million and the community Read More…

New president of Educational Service Center sworn in (PHOTO)

Kent Patterson is sworn in Monday as the new president of the Governing Board of the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center by county Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler during the board’s organizational meeting in the Professional Building, 124 W. Washington St., Medina. Patterson served as the board’s vice president last year. Dan Shumaker was elected vice president for 2015. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Kent Patterson was sworn in Monday as the new president of the Governing Board of the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center.

Black River Board of Education, support staff approve contract

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After 1½ years of negotiations, the Black River Board of Education approved a new contract for support staff Monday. The support staff union, made up of custodians, cooks, bus drivers, secretaries and paraprofessionals, voted on the three-year contract Friday night. The employees had been without a contract since June 2013. The new contract, effective through Read More…

Black River Schools closed; 4 others starting late

Hazardous road conditions prompted the closing of Black River schools today. Four other Medina County districts — Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland and Wadsworth — delayed the start of classes by two hours. The National Weather Service has posted a hazardous winter outlook advisory for Medina County and 14 other counties across Northern Ohio. Today’s prediction calls Read More…

Ohio auditor to report head counts from 30 charter schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Auditor Dave Yost is preparing to release results of head counts of students taken during unannounced site visits to 30 Ohio community schools last fall. Yost says the attendance checks conducted on Oct. 1 came in response to reports of irregular attendance and enrollment practices within several Ohio community, or charter, Read More…

PHOTOS: Medina High School students share dramatic poetry readings


Eleven Medina High School students recited two poems at Tuesday’s Poetry Out Loud competition Wednesday afternoon. Students competed before a panel of three judges who decided the winner based on physical presence, voice, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, understanding of the poem and overall performance.

Lombardo turns down Massillon coaching job

GRANGER TWP. – Highland football coach Tom Lombardo can rest easy. In line to take over head coaching duties for Jason Hall at Massillon, the eight-year Hornets coach decided to stay put. Lombardo did not apply for the job and instead was approached by the Tigers. “It was a tormenting last week,” Lombardo said. “You Read More…

Educators urge decreased focus on standardized testing

School leaders are hoping a state report analyzing student testing can spur legislation to reduce the time Ohio students spend taking them. “These recommendations place limits on the overall time students spend taking tests each year, eliminate unnecessary tests and modify the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System,” Richard Ross, the state superintendent of public instruction, wrote Read More…

Granger corporate building project awaits abatement approval

A new $1.5 million corporate building could be coming to Granger Township if Medina County commissioners approve a tax abatement for the project. The proposed 31,200-square-foot building at 1113 Medina Road, east of state Route 94, would be used as medical office rental space. It would join the four buildings already in the Akron Medina Read More…