March 27, 2015


Black River Schools considering random drug testing for students

Superintendent Chris Clark

Black River High School students could be randomly tested for drugs if they want to go to their school’s homecoming event next fall, according to a new policy being considered by the district’s Board of Education. “We’d be naive to say that we don’t have a drug problem at Black River,” Superintendent Chris Clark said. Read More…

Medina High putting on “Grease” this weekend

The cast of Medina High School’s production of “Grease” poses after a number during a dress rehearsal Thursday evening. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Medina High School is presenting the musical “Grease” today and Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Medina High School student Collin Husbands will play Danny Zuko and Megan Hascher will be Sandy Dumbrowski. The production is directed by Tina Callari. Read More…

Medina Schools finance official sued over $48,000 personal loan default

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A bank has sued a Medina Schools finance official for defaulting on a loan. Business Manager Jon Burkhart said the lawsuit was filed as the result of an ongoing divorce, and he assured district residents it was a personal matter that does not affect his work. “It’s not related to my job,” said Burkhart, whose Read More…

Medina School Board President Doug Adamczyk resigns, will move to Calif.

Doug Adamczyk

The Medina Board of Education will need a new president in June. President Doug Adamczyk announced his resignation at Monday’s board meeting, saying he is moving to the West Coast. “I have really enjoyed serving the community and the district,” Adamczyk said in a statement. “I will miss all of the great people that I Read More…

Medina school board pursuing drug testing for extracurricular activities

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The Medina Board of Education is considering random drug testing for high school students in extracurricular activities, with a focus on athletics. Athletic director Jeff Harrison began a discussion at Monday’s board meeting, saying that most of the students to be tested would be athletes. “It is up to the communities and schools to decide Read More…

Mettle meets metal at A.I. Root’s Robofest Exhibition (PHOTOS)


A.I. Root Middle School hosted hosted the Robofest Exhibition on Saturday. The four-hour festival consisted of a series of competitions and events for students in grades five to 12 to build and study robotics and to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities.

Brunswick School official included in search for new Wellington superintendent

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The Wellington Board of Education is looking outside the school district — and possibly to Brunswick Schools — for its next superintendent. The board met Tuesday to review, with community groups, three candidates up for consideration. They were chosen after an initial pool of 21 was whittled down to six by the Educational Service Center Read More…

Lowest foreclosures since Great Recession indicate recovery

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Medina County foreclosure filings in 2014 reached a record low since the years of the Great Recession, prompting officials to declare that economic recovery has arrived in the housing market. The county’s real estate foreclosure filings dipped to 493 in 2014 — the lowest since 2003, according to Medina County Common Pleas Court records. Still, Read More…

Sister-to-Sister Conference helps build self-confidence for teen girls


A room full of blue and beauty lit up Medina Hospital on Sunday. More than 57 girls ranging in age from 11 to 14 participated with matching blue T-shirts in the 16th Sister-to-Sister Conference. The event had a theme of “Be YOU-tiful Reality” and focused on developing a sense of self-confidence for young women. Pat Read More…

Regional Spelling Bee winner is spelled O-W-E-N

Kovalik, Owen

Tony Kovalik wasn’t planning on a family vacation for this year, but his sixth-grade son, Owen, made it a possibility. The Kovaliks, of Medina, will spend a week in Washington, D. C., with airfare and hotel accommodations paid for because Owen is a championship speller. He won the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee on Read More…