May 29, 2015

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Gallo gets full-time post at Keystone district

Franco Gallo Keystone Supt

LAGRANGE — Franco Gallo is ready to keep his sleeves rolled up and working for the Keystone Schools but looking forward to doing it with a bit less stress. “I’m very interested in continuing the progress we have made so far,” Gallo said. “I’d like to finish what I started here.” Gallo, 35, is to Read More…

Successful levy means first new money in 21 years for Keystone schools

LAGRANGE — The elation in Keystone Schools interim Superintendent Franco Gallo’s voice was tangible. “You can’t believe how happy I am right now,” Gallo said Tuesday night as he reveled in the district’s first victory for a ballot issue seeking new money in 21 years. Following numerous rejections of requests for additional operating money dating Read More…

School district literacy ratings are released

Last fall, the Ohio Department of Education postponed releasing a report letting parents know how well districts were doing to help struggling readers — those young students who were at-risk for falling further behind in their studies and possibly not becoming high school graduates. The explanation was more time was needed to tweak how the Read More…

Full list of issues

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Issue No. Municipality, Issue type/millage, Purpose, Duration 1 Carlisle Township, Additional / .75 mill, Roads and Bridges, 4 years 2 Carlisle Township, Gas Aggregation, Gas Aggregation, N/A 3 Carlisle Township, Electric Aggregation, Electric Aggregation, N/A 4 Columbia Township, Renewal / 1.74 mills, Library Current Expenses, 5 years 5 Grafton Township, Gas Aggregation, Gas Aggregation, N/A Read More…

Keystone Schools: Additional levy

Keystone Elementary third-graders Alyssa Sugerik, 8, and Brenna Taylor, 8, write about their favorite school teachers during Family Day, hosted March 28 at Keystone Elementary School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Issue 14 What it is: a 7.95-mill operating levy Duration: continuous How much would it raise: $1.9 million a year Purpose: to pay staff salaries and benefits Cost to homeowner: $278 annually for owners of homes with $100,000 valuation LAGRANGE — Keystone school officials know one of the biggest hurdles they have to overcome to Read More…

Keystone to buy 45 security cameras

LAGRANGE — The Keystone Schools will take advantage of a provision in state bidding procedures to buy nearly 50 new security cameras for Keystone High School without having to seek competitive bids. The action was taken Monday by the school board when board members approved a resolution of “urgent necessity” that allows the board to Read More…

5 school districts hoping to get piece of $250 million state grant

Five local school districts are hoping the strengths they can bring together in a partnership will give them the edge over other districts vying for a piece of a highly competitive $250 million state grant. A product of the latest biennial budget and designed to jumpstart the minds of educators who – but for lack Read More…