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.
Two Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputies were injured last week when a routine noise complaint turned violent. Larry Armacost, 50, was arrested for attacking the two officers after he attempted to flee from the lawmen. According to the sheriff’s department, deputies Jon Feldkamp and Adam Bailey responded to a noise complaint on Laurel-Lindale Road in New Richmond Aug. 15.
Union Township could be graced with another high-tech business in the coming years, but that result is yet to be ascertained. Last week, the Union Township board of trustees approved a tax abatement that, if supported by a state incentive package, could bring the Freeman Schwabe company from Erlanger, Ky., to the township.
The West Clermont Board of Education voted at a special meeting Aug. 15 to place a $30 million bond issue on this November’s ballot. The board is again asking district voters to support their efforts in replacing two of the district’s oldest schools - Amelia and Withamsville-Tobasco elementaries – by approving the 1.36-mill bond issue that will now be on the ballot.