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Security boosted at Litchfield Middle School after Facebook threat

By admin Published: February 29, 2012

This just in from an Akron Public Schools news release:

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Security boosted at Litchfield after Facebook threat

By John Published: February 29, 2012

This just in from Akron Public Schools:

According to a group of Litchfield students, someone claiming to be a student at Firestone posted an alarming Facebook message. The message poster reportedly threatened to hurt some middle school girls in retaliation.

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School board postpones vote one week on school closures

By admin Published: February 28, 2012

The Akron school board will take another week before deciding on the district's recommendation to close three elementary schools.

Superintendent David James has recommended that Barrett, Essex and Rankin elementary schools be closed, which would save the district almost $1 million in utilities, maintenance and labor costs, not counting savings from potential teacher layoffs.

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Schools adjust grade scales to level playing field

By admin Published: February 26, 2012

Parents in the Highland school district complained last year that their kids were disadvantaged in applying to colleges because it was harder for them to get an A than it was for students in many other districts.

Highland required 93 percent for an A grade, because the district used a scale in seven-point increments instead of the more common 10-point scale, which requires a minimum grade of 90 percent for an A.

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GAR Foundation invests in Akron's new STEM high school

By admin Published: February 24, 2012

The GAR Foundation pledged $800,000 on Thursday for a new high school specializing in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that will open this fall in the former Central-Hower High School near the University of Akron.

The foundation will contribute $150,000 immediately, then up to $650,000 more on a matching basis if donors in the community contribute up to $1.2 million by Dec. 1, 2014.

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State of the schools speech short on details to trim $22 million from budget this year

By John Published: February 22, 2012

Akron superintendent David James laid out the positive case for passing a levy in November at his fourth "State of the Schools address today, but he delivered few details about the consequences of failure to pass a new tax.
The district must eliminate a $22 million deficit before July 1 that could lead to the layoff of up to 300 teachers.
"Now there will be other ways of reducing that deficit and it won't be all on staff, but the staff reductions will be significant," James said.

Some of those layoffs will come from the proposed closing of three elementary schools, Barrett, Essex and Rankin.
The audience for the Akron Press Club event today at the University of Akron press club gave James a standing ovation, but he was less warmly welcomed at a community meeting last night at Barrett elementary.

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KSU preserves home of first female faculty member

By admin Published: February 21, 2012

Kent State took a first step on Monday to preserve a home once owned by the university’s first female faculty member.

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Union campaign at University of Akron continues

By admin Published: February 19, 2012

The Communications Workers of America union says it is making progress organizing up to 600 clerical and staff members at the University of Akron.

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Charter operator White Hat Management fights ruling on records

By admin Published: February 18, 2012

COLUMBUS: A private management company that operates a group of publicly funded charter schools will appeal an Ohio judge’s order that it turn over financial records requested by the schools’ governing boards as part of a lawsuit.

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University of Akron studies future of Rhodes Arena

By admin Published: February 15, 2012

University of Akron officials quietly are studying the basketball arena with an eye toward remodeling it or scuttling it entirely for a new facility.

UA is working with Populous Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., to determine how much it might cost to fix flaws in the 29-year-old James A. Rhodes Health and Physical Education Building.

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Tressel's pay at UA a fraction of what he made at Ohio State

By admin Published: February 14, 2012

Jim Tressel will make $200,000 as the newest vice president at the University of Akron.

Most people would think that's a lot it's more than four times what a typical Ohio household takes in a year. But for Tressel, it's quite a come-down from the economic heights he commanded as Ohio State's head football coach.

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By admin Published: February 12, 2012


Several Akron-area students received scholarships to attend Xavier University in Cincinnati. They were: Allison Weiss, daughter of Barbara and Kenneth Weiss of Stow; Abigail Libby, daughter of Lorelei and Michael Libby of Stow; Melissa Yakubik, daughter of Sara and John Yakubik of Akron; Savannah Kuzak, daughter of Lindsay Bachman and Donald Kuzak of Uniontown; and Maria Libertin, daughter of Colette and the late Nick Libertin of Uniontown.

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Miller South art students get the pink carpet treatment

By admin Published: February 11, 2012

Grown-ups wearing fancy dresses and tuxedos with top hats and white gloves rolled out a pink carpet and offered mini-cinnamon rolls on platters to children arriving at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts Friday morning.

It was the surprise grand opening with all the glamour of a Hollywood premiere of a student-made ceramic tile mural that arches over the interior entrance to the school.

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Official: 10 states get education waiver

By admin Published: February 10, 2012

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, the Associated Press has learned.

The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP.

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Twos not so terrible for winner of literacy award

By admin Published: February 9, 2012

The ''Twos'' have never been terrible for preschool teacher Sherry Kelley.

''I've taught 2-year-olds for over 40-some years,'' she said. ''Twos aren't hard. They're easy.''

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Marlington school district reunited with $51,000 account

By admin Published: February 7, 2012

ALLIANCE: A school district in Stark County has received a check of about $51,000 from a state fund that holds onto unclaimed monies until rightful owners can be found.

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Tressel's job not carved in stone

By admin Published: February 2, 2012

It isn't clear what the trim, tan man with kangaroo tie will do as vice president of strategic engagement at the University of Akron.

But UA officials clearly are thrilled to bring former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel on board – tarnished reputation or not.

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Tressel new VP at UA

By John Published: February 2, 2012

Former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel will make at least $200,000 a year as a vice president at the University of Akron where he will be in charge of "strategic engagement." ABJ Story is here.

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Coventry sixth-graders want to nip the bloom off Lake Erie algae

By admin Published: February 1, 2012

COVENTRY TWP.: Last fall, Jim Trogdon's sixth-grade science class at Coventry Middle School researched Northeast Ohio's biggest environmental concerns, looking for a problem they could do something about.

After a field trip to the Ohio State University's freshwater biological field station on Gibraltar Island near Put-in-Bay, they had their answer.

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