November 1, 2014

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Black River teacher, student attendance low day after threats

Superintendent Chris Clark

Safety concerns at Black River Schools prompted parents to pull their children out of class Wednesday, one day after the district received a series of bomb threats that closed the campus for the day. Teacher attendance also was down. After a bomb threat was received Tuesday morning at the high-school level, all buildings were closed. Read More…

UPDATE: Black River Local Schools campus opened following bomb threat

SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River Local Schools has re-opened their campus this afternoon and winter sports parent and team meetings will take place as scheduled at 6 p.m. The district buildings were closed this morning after district officials received a bomb threat via email. Superintendent Chris Clark said the school received the email and immediately Read More…

‘Fiscal emergency’ nears end at Cloverleaf Schools

Cloverleaf officials expect the school district’s “fiscal emergency” status will be lifted by the end of the year because voters approved two funding issues in the spring. The Ohio Department of Education declared the district in a state of fiscal emergency in January 2012, and a five-member Fiscal Oversight Commission has been overseeing Cloverleaf’s finances Read More…

Deputies: 18 Highland students identified in sexually explicit photos

Catherine Aukerman

Medina County sheriff’s deputies have identified 18 Highland High School students in sexually explicit photos in their investigation into whether students shared the photos online. The investigation was completed Monday and deputies forwarded the findings to county Prosecutor Dean Holman, sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said, adding no one has been charged yet. “He’ll decide whether Read More…

Bullying? ‘Not in our house,’ says Medina High School for Unity Day

About 70 Medina High School students and staff pose for a promotional photo wearing orange T-shirts to celebrate Bullying Awareness Month. This is the fifth year Medina Schools has participated in the month-long event, and it’s the first year events expanded beyond the high school to the middle and elementary schools. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

About 70 students, faculty and staff at Medina High School were united Wednesday in their anti-bullying message: “Not in Our House.” They all wore orange T-shirts sporting the message for Unity Day, part of Bullying Awareness Month. Biology teacher Dave Johnson’s first-period class came up with the “Not in Our House” slogan for the shirts Read More…

Medina Schools projects $4M loss in state funding for district

Medina Schools

Medina Schools may need to look for a new funding source to make up for nearly $4 million that could be lost from the state. School district Treasurer David Chambers presented a five-year financial forecast to the Board of Education for its review Monday night. The biggest financial loss involves the tangible personal property tax Read More…

Medina Schools dedicates Waite playground to late teacher

The Sherman family: Dan, Caleb, Loren and Alissa. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The playground at Ralph E. Waite Elementary School will honor the memory of fifth-grade teacher Dan Sherman, who died suddenly in June. The Medina school board approved “The Dan Sherman Playground” Monday night. Sherman, 36, of Montville Township, died of cardiac arrest June 3, after collapsing during a workout at a West Liberty Street gym. Read More…

Brunswick High School’s roof to be fixed after hail storm, tornado

Brunswick Schools

BRUNSWICK — Three sections of Brunswick High School’s roof will be repaired before winter arrives. The school board Monday night approved a bid of $655,119 from Strongsville-based Professional Roofing Services. The roof was damaged during a hail storm and tornado that struck the city in June. “We were advised it would be better to get Read More…

Another Medina County teacher put on leave in Ebola scare

Ebola Congo

Another first-grade teacher in Medina County is on a 21-day paid leave, the incubation period for Ebola. Lori Snoke, who teaches at Valley View Elementary School, was in the same Tallmadge bridal shop at the same time as Amber Joy Vinson, the 29-year-old Dallas nurse who was in Akron earlier this month before being diagnosed Read More…

Highland advisory committee: Elementary schools should be replaced

Highland Schools’ leaders are looking into building three elementary schools to replace the buildings in Sharon, Granger and Hinckley townships. The schools were built in 1922, 1929 and 1949 respectively. The Highland Schools Advisory Committee presented its recommendations to the school board Monday night following a four-month study of the district’s facilities. Kimberly Miller, a Read More…