March 30, 2015

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Tree-cutting keeps Ridgeville middle school project from going bat-ty

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Another week and the $58.1 million middle school projected to open in two years would have had its inaugural construction season jeopardized by a possible bat habitat. Thanks to an 11th-hour approval of a needed state EPA permit, an Elyria contracting crew was able to remove a little more than six acres Read More…

Hill leaving Firelands to become Springfield superintendent

Bob Hill

Firelands Schools’ loss is Springfield Schools’ gain. Firelands Superintendent Bob Hill was named Thursday as the new superintendent of the district located near Dayton. He has signed a four-year contract with a base salary of $152,500. Hill will replace Springfield’s current superintendent, who is set to retire. In his new role, Hill will oversee a Read More…

Goggin to stay in Midview through 2021

GRAFTON — Midview Schools will keep Scott Goggin on as superintendent for another five years. The Midview school board unanimously voted to approve a new five-year contract for Goggin, effective Aug. 1, 2016, to July 31, 2021, during a meeting Thursday. Goggin has been at Midview for 13 years, not all as superintendent. “I love being Read More…

Wellington school board introduces new superintendent

New superintendent Dennis Mock, left, meets members of the Wellington School District following a board meeting Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Dennis Mock, a veteran superintendent for more than 20 years in Genoa Schools, approached the position of the Wellington district’s next head Wednesday night with a clear cut goal —continue working to bring the district out of a deficit. The school board voted unanimously to hire Mock to a three-year contract Wednesday night. Read More…

Wellington eighth graders to move to high school

School Board member Joseph Calfo asks about the options available to eighth grade students so they will not lose advanced placement math in the eighth grade for this upcoming school year. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Board of Education put a hotly debated topic to rest Wednesday when it finalized the decision to move eighth grade students into the high school building beginning next school year. The move passed in a 3-2 vote with board members Ayers Ratliff and Sally Stewart voting it down. The idea to move Read More…

Wellington taps Genoa’s Mock as superintendent

WELLINGTON — A superintendent with more than two decades of experience will soon bring his knowledge to Wellington Schools when he takes over next school year. This month, the Wellington Schools Board of Education chose Dennis Mock, a superintendent with Genoa Schools for 20 years, to be the district’s next superintendent. The board will vote Read More…

Wellington residents voice opposition to moving eighth graders to high school

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WELLINGTON — Where will the eighth-graders go? That was the question of the night at the Wellington Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday when parents, school staff and community members voiced their concerns with the district’s proposed budget cuts. The board will vote tonight on whether to permanently move eighth-grade students out of McCormick Middle Read More…

All of the above: Avon senior gets accepted to three service academies

Avon High School senior Hope Balser was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Getting accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy or the U.S. Air Force Academy is no small feat. But Avon High School senior Hope Balser hit the trifecta: the 17-year-old was recently accepted into all three. She’s narrowed her choices down to West Point or the Read More…

Sheffield school board cuts staff, hours to close budget gap

SHEFFIELD — The Board of Education approved Monday two resolutions abolishing 10 teaching positions and reducing the hours of 17 support staffers, including multiple educational aides. The positions are the first board approvals of a series of reductions, first announced in January, which aims to save Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools $1.7 million in an effort to Read More…

Wellington schools lay off 24

WELLINGTON — The Wellington Schools teaching staff was hit the hardest this month when the administration handed out layoff notices to 24 employees. The notices were handed out March 13 to 11 teachers from the elementary, middle and high schools as well as five intervention specialists, cleaners, a secretary, a cafeteria aide and a bus Read More…