August 3, 2015

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Donations roll in for family facing hardship after fireworks accident

Julia Grady, 12, donates canned goods and school supplies Thursday for a “stuff the bus” drive to benefit the Bamm family of Liverpool Township. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Community members stopped by a Buckeye Schools’ parking lot Thursday morning to donate food and school supplies to the family of Todd Bamm, who was injured in a fireworks explosion in Michigan. Todd Bamm’s wife, Kelly, has remained with him in Michigan while he receives treatment. The Bamms have eight children, four of whom attend Read More…

Buckeye families comes to aid of Liverpool Twp. man burned in accident

Todd Bamm lies on his hospital bed in the intensive care burn unit at the University of Michigan Hospital. Bamm was injured in a fireworks explosion earlier this month and is recovering from third and fourth degree burns. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Parents and families of children in the Buckeye Schools community are working together to help the family of Todd Bamm, who was seriously injured in a fireworks explosion over the July 4 holiday in Michigan. Bamm and his wife, Kelly, have eight children, four of whom are students in the district. Bamm is hospitalized at the University Read More…

Medina Board of Education agrees to purchase new buses

Rusted holes can be seen in the floor of a Medina Schools’ bus last year. The Board of Education approved the purchase of five new buses at its meeting this week. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The Medina Board of Education has agreed to spend $386,000 to purchase five new school buses this year. Eight need to be replaced, but there’s only funding for five at $77,200 per bus, Jon Burkhart, director of business affairs, told the board Monday. Rob Travis, manager of the district’s transportation department, said only replacing five Read More…

Medina Schools drug testing gets support from ADAMH Board

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The Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board has offered to help fund Medina Schools’ random drug testing for athletes, if the district’s Board of Education approves and implements a policy. Michael Jenks, director of the ADAMH Board, attended the school board meeting Monday. “Our board passed a motion in June that we’d Read More…

Experts back new meningitis vaccination law

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A new law will require parents to have their children immunized against meningitis before the start of the 2016-17 school year. The law was signed by Gov. John Kasich on Thursday and will apply to students at public and non-public schools that are subject to state standards. Dr. Camille Sabella, an expert in pediatric infectious Read More…

Some school districts gain, some lose under new budget

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Brunswick and Wadsworth City Schools will benefit from the new $71.5 billion two-year budget signed by Gov. John Kasich, but Medina City Schools stands to lose about $2.4 million in state funds over the next two years. In an analysis provided by Kasich’s office, Brunswick stands to gain a total of $3.5 million in state Read More…

Employee sues Cloverleaf Schools, alleges health code violations

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A Cloverleaf High School cafeteria worker has filed a lawsuit against the school district, alleging she was disciplined for telling administrators that her boss violated food sanitation regulations in February. Krista Preusser, who has worked for the district since 2012, cited Ohio’s whistleblower laws in her lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Medina County Common Read More…

Medina school district has flurry of staffing changes

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The Medina Board of Education has approved five administrative personnel changes in the school district. The two principals at the middle schools — T.J. Hellickson at Claggett and Chad Wise at A.I. Root — have left their positions. Bryan Farson, who has been the high school principal since 2009, will take over as principal at Read More…

Rebecca Parkhurst joins Medina school board

Rebecca Parkhurst is sworn in by Medina Treasurer David Chambers. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Rebecca Parkhurst was sworn in by Medina Schools Treasurer David Chambers as the newest member of the Medina Board of Education on Monday night during a meeting at the high school, 777 E. Union St. She is fulfilling the unexpired term of Doug Adamczyk, which ends Dec. 31, 2017. Parkhurst, who was selected by the Read More…

Students keep skills sharp with summer reinforcement program


More than 80 children, ages 2 to 12, are participating in United Way of Medina County’s Summer Reinforcement Program. The program started June 15 and consists of three-hour days throughout the summer, said Jane Langol, coordinator of the program, adding that the teaching is designed to continue learning skills during months when school is not Read More…