February 7, 2016

Medina
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Meetings set for Medina schools’ superintendent search

Three public meetings have been scheduled to gather input on the Medina City Schools’ search for a new superintendent. Earlier this week, the Medina Board of Education voted to use the Educational Service Center of Medina County to help with the search for the replacement for Superintendent Dave Knight. He is scheduled to resign on Read More…

College: Family ties lead Highland’s Mapp to Akron soccer

Alex Mapp

GRANGER TWP. — The men’s soccer programs of Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina and John Carroll came calling on Highland’s Alex Mapp. The second the University of Akron talked to him about being center back, the aforementioned three quickly faded into the background. “I’ve grown up watching Akron,” Mapp said. “I’ve basically been to every University Read More…

Medina Schools’ use of ESC rankles residents

William J. Koran

The search is on for a Medina Schools superintendent, but not everyone is happy with who is leading it. William J. Koran, superintendent of the Medina County Schools Educational Service Center, spoke at Monday’s Medina school board meeting at Sidney Fenn Elementary School, where members unanimously approved the ESC handling the search for Superintendent Dave Read More…

Special sticky notes carry deep meaning

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You are loved and you are special: That’s the message five eighth-grade students at Claggett Middle School hope to share with their peers this morning. The girls sat in teacher Peggy Mahoney’s second-floor classroom after school Monday writing inspirational messages on sticky notes, occasionally stopping to share a quote they liked. Students Summer Gray, Kayla Read More…

Budding legal minds take part in Mock Trial competition

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Hannah Smith, a junior at Buckeye High School, played the role of a bailiff Friday in the Ohio Mock Trial competition held at Medina County Courthouse.

The audience may have thought some of the budding “lawyers” participating on Friday in the 33rd annual Ohio Mock Trial competition were real litigators. “I’ve seen some presentations that you would have sworn the kids were attorneys,” Revere High School legal adviser Tom Kelley said. “Some of the kids have performed better than some attorneys Read More…

Medina Schools sets schedule for superintendent search

If everything goes as planned, Medina City Schools hope to hire a new superintendent May 23. Dave Knight, who has been the superintendent since 2013, announced his resignation at the last board meeting Jan. 19. His contract expires July 31. The Educational Service Center of Medina County will help the Medina Board of Education with the Read More…

State Auditor’s Office advises Brunswick Schools to trim $2M

A report from the Ohio Auditor’s Office has urged Brunswick Schools to shave $2 million off its spending. The recommendations include reducing busing, eliminating full-time teacher and other educator positions and renegotiating union agreements. Amy Rutledge, Brunswick’s community relations coordinator, said the district plans to consider the suggestions, but cautions the report’s findings and recommendations Read More…

Family thankful for response after school speaker’s incident

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Marianne Sroka, center, wife of Stephen Sroka, thanked everyone involved in saving her husband’s life at the City Council meeting Monday at City Hall. Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, left, handed out proclamations to police, fire and LST. Others pictured are Dr. Tom Tulisiak, second from left, president of Medina Hospital/Cleveland Clinic; Rick Moskalski, EMS coordinator; Dave Knight, Medina superintendent; school resource officers Al Roland and Mike Wesner; and LST medics Don Leuchtag and Peter Muha.

Stephen Sroka, who suffered a heart attack at Medina High School on Jan. 15, is lucky to be alive. Sroka, 72, guest speaker for in-service training for Medina Schools’ staff, became ill while giving his presentation at the Performing Arts Center. He fell and struck his forehead on the stage. What transpired over the next Read More…

Medina County districts disagree with state grades

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Local educators are questioning the Ohio Department of Education’s methods for annual report cards after many Medina County school districts earned low marks on recently released data. Last week the state released information on 2014 graduation rates and two new measures for the report cards, called “Prepared for Success” and “K-3 Literacy.” The state is Read More…

BREAKING: Medina Superintendent Knight submits resignation

David Knight submitted his resignation Tuesday night, effective July 31, as superintendent of Medina Schools. Knight made the announcement at the school board meeting at Medina High School. Knight is credited with bringing the school district out of the abyss created during the controversy surrounding Randy Stepp, the district’s former superintendent. Knight was hired as Read More…