The New Richmond School District has once again received an “effective” rating on its report card from the Ohio Department of Education. “We had an idea of what our rating would be when we saw our test scores,” said Superintendent Thomas Durbin. “We were a little bit disappointed, but not too terribly surprised. We thought we had done better with our 11th grade scores in science and social studies, but we were very close to the state’s requirements in all areas.”
The Milford School District has announced their sixth year as an excellent rated district. The honor marked the fourth straight year that the district has been rated excellent on the state report card.
The 9,267 students attending the 12 schools in the West Clermont local school district have received a combined “continuous improvement” rating from the Ohio Department of Education; this is a significant drop from last year’s “effective” rating.
Williamsburg schools are wrestling with a new set of indicators on the state report card, which has left the district wondering just exactly where they stand academically. While retaining an effective rating, the change in the quantity of indicators leaves superintendent Jeff Weir at a loss to say exactly how well the district improved over the past year.
While maintaining an effective rating, the Batavia school district is far from satisfied with the results of the latest state school report card. Superintendent Barbara Bradley said that, while the teachers have gone above and beyond in their effort to teach the kids, the focus will continue to be improving performance in the district.
The Goshen Local School District is already hard at work to assure that next year’s rating from the Ohio Department of Education is an excellent one. “We have once again received an effective rating from the state,” said superintendent Charlene Thomas. “My first reaction was that I was a little bit disheartened. We were certainly looking forward to receiving an excellent rating in the district, but we will continue to strive for excellence in educating our students.”
Union Township Police Sergeant Mike Mills was honored at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Union Township trustees, earning the first ever Chief’s Award from the township police department. Sgt. Mills, an officer heavily involved with the training and maintaining of the police officers in the department, was chosen to receive the honor for his work in Academic Excellence in Professional Standards.
Mason County has offered Amy Baker a deal. Currently free on a cash bond, Baker, the live-in girlfriend of David and Liz Carroll, was offered a plea bargain Aug. 21 for tampering with evidence for her part in the murder cover-up of 3-year-old foster child Marcus Fiesel.
The Bethel-Tate school district is basking in a second consecutive year of excellence, having achieved the highest ranking possible on the Ohio school district report card. Bethel-Tate and Milford are the only districts in Clermont County to achieve the rating of excellent this year.
The 21st annual River Days Festival in New Richmond was held Aug.17 – 19. “The event was a success,” said RiverDays planning committee member Shanna Morarity. “Everyone worked very hard to ensure that the festival was fun and entertaining. We think it was.” There was no official count, but an estimated 10,000 people came to enjoy the annual festival that takes place along Front Street and the banks of the Ohio River.