December 18, 2014

Medina
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Medina district sets its priorities for building fixes

The Medina school district will take on 10 capital improvement projects before the start of the 2015-16 school year. Jon Burkhart, director of business affairs for the district, said the projects will be paid for with $1.2 million from sales tax revenues. One of the most expensive of the 10 projects will be replacing the Read More…

Highland sports stadium cost figure still in flux

The bleachers are up at the new Highland Schools sports stadium, but school officials still aren’t sure what the final price tag will be for the project. The Highland School board on Monday set aside $8.9 million for the construction of the stadium complex next to the high school. But school officials say the project Read More…

Students write computer code to light up White House Christmas tree

Isabella DeBarr, 8, left, and Christian Balassy, 8, second from left, practice writing code Thursday in Stefani Gruber’s third-grade class at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Brunswick. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Students hunched over computers Thursday at St. Ambrose Catholic School, busily designing lights for a Christmas tree at the White House. Kids of every age at the Brunswick school had the chance to write computer code during Thursday’s National Hour of Code. “I want to be an engineer, so I know I’m going to use Read More…

Property taxes to rise for some next year

The new year will bring an increase in property taxes in four Medina County communities: Brunswick, Homer Township, Seville and Cloverleaf Schools. Cloverleaf voters approved a combined 3.5-mill emergency levy/income tax in May. The levy will result in an increase of approximately $122.50 annually per $100,000 of property value. Collections on the 0.75 percent earned Read More…

Classes canceled to allow sick students to recover at St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose Catholic School canceled classes Wednesday in an attempt to allow sick kids to recover from cold and flu symptoms. Attendance numbers Thursday showed the move had an impact. “We had 120 kids sick on Tuesday out of 506,” said Nathan Baxendale, who became principal this school year. “It was a tough call. I’m Read More…

Wadsworth student’s death investigated

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Wadsworth Middle School eighth-grader. Capt. Ken Baca said Benjamin Parke, 13, died Tuesday of what appeared to be a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” “None of the evidence we’ve collected so far has indicated foul play,” he said. Baca said the investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Read More…

Student-athlete’s suit: Pushed to play with pair of concussions

Medina Schools is facing its second sports-related lawsuit — this time the district is accused of pressuring a student to continue practicing and playing despite signs he was suffering two concussions. Jonathan Stoddard, who graduated from Medina High School last year, is seeking punitive damages, interest accrued on expenses since the alleged injuries, attorney fees Read More…

Brunswick Superintendent asks school board to put emergency levy on May ballot

Mike Mayell

Brunswick Schools Superintendent Michael Mayell is asking the school board to place a nine-year, 5.9-mill emergency levy on the May ballot. At Monday night’s school board meeting, Mayell and Chief Fiscal Officer Patrick East presented information to members about the district’s finances. “In 2019, without passing a levy, we would be in a deficit of Read More…

About 400 young essayists honored for celebrating their pups

Grace Nelson, 9, of Medina, reads her first-place essay Monday during the awards ceremony for Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack’s Top Dog Essay Contest at the Medina County Administration Building in Medina. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County’s five “top dogs” received the first dog tags of 2015 at an awards ceremony Monday. About 400 fourth-graders participated in the 20th year of the contest by submitting essays about their favorite dog in the county. County Auditor Mike Kovack hosts the Top Dog Essay Contest each year, reminding residents to renew their Read More…

Six seek Steve Hambley’s seat on Medina County Board of Commissioners

Steve Hambley

Six candidates so far are interested in completing Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley’s term. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15. Hambley was elected Nov. 4 to the 69th House District seat being vacated by House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina. The Medina County Republican Party’s Central Committee has until Feb. 14 to determine who will Read More…