Monday, May 20, 2013
Twinsburg's morning program will now be at Bissell for all students and the afternoon session with be at Dodge for all students.
Twinsburg Superintendent Kathi Powers announced Wednesday changes to the district's Latchkey program. Rates will remain the same next school year, but to keep rates down, the school district with significantly restructure the program. Now, all morning Latchkey students will go to Bissell Elementary and all afternoon students will attend Latchkey at Dodge Intermediate. In the morning, parents will drop their kids off at Bissell and then the district's school buses will transport students from Bissell to their own school. In the afternoon, students will hop on buses at their school and be taken to Dodge, where they parents will pick them up. Powers said they plan to send home notices to parent's currently enrolled in the program. "We are …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Twinsburg School Board honored its new retirees Wednesday night, 15 educators with a combined 350 years of experience.
The Twinsburg School Board honored its new retirees Wednesday night. Superintendent Kathi Powers said that the retires have more than 350 years of combined experience. "It is a privelege and an honor to say they are my colleages," she said. "They have the heart and soul of the best educators you can find anywhere." Congratulations to the retirees:
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Twinsburg Schools plans to put a small addition on the entrance at Wilcox Elementary to improve security.
Twinsburg Schools plans to add a small addition on the entrance at Wilcox Elementary to improve security. Plans for the addition will go before the Twinsburg City Council Tuesday. They have already been approved by the planning commission. According to plans, the 155-square-foot addition would create a parent and visitor welcome center and provide and provide an additional security feature. The Twinsburg Schools have been taking many steps in recent months to improve safety and security at the district's buildings. After months of planning, the staff is undergoing training and revamping its security procedures. The Twinsburg Police Department have also stepped up their presence in the schools, and plan to add a second school resource …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Twinsburg School received a $174,000 grant to pay for most of a summer reading program to help with the third-grade reading guarantee.
Twinsburg Schools has received a state grant worth $174,000 to pay for most a reading program that will help the district meet the new Third Grade Reading Guarantee standard. Twinsburg Superintendent Kathi Powers said the program will help provide liberacy experiences starting this summer of the district's elementary students along with support workshops for parents. "We have a lot of work to do and pieces to put together," Powers said. Twinsburg requested $181,000 and received nearly all of it. The reading program is partnership between the school district and Twinsburg Public Library, Ursuline College, Dr. Tim Rasinski from Kent State University and Dr. Lisa Riegel from Ohio State University. Under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, …
Monday, May 6, 2013
District officials say the online classes are designed for high-performing students who are looking to step-up to a high level of math or science. The online summer school is not designed for remediation.
Twinsburg Schools is beginning a new online summer school program this summer to give top students a chance to accelerate through basic math and science courses during a nine-week summer session. Four courses will be offered: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and physical science. The cost for the session, which runs from June 3 through August 5, is $300 per course. Sign up for the courses will happen between May 14 and May 30. District officials say the online classes are designed for high-performing students who are looking to step-up to a high level of math or science. The online summer school is not designed for remediation. An orientation is scheduled for May 14 at 6 p.m. The class will give, for example, an incoming freshman who got an …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Some fees increased and some decreased as school officials recalibrated them for next year
Twinsburg School officials unveiled the new student fees for the 2013-2014 school year. Some fees increased and others went down. School officials said they have put in lots of effort to listen to parents and properly calibrate the fees. "We really listened to what our parents said," said Superintendent Kathi Powers. "We made some adjustments and we took a hard look at where we can save money for our parents moving forward." The current school year is the first one in which the district charged student pay-to-participate fees, which include academic fees paid by all students, course fees for AP and other middle and high school classes and pay to participate in athletics and clubs. School officials anticipated making nearly $300,000 in …
The Twinsburg School Board honored the students of the month from Bissell Elementary School at this meeting this week.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
A procedural rule defeated plans to hold the renewal levy vote in August, so it will now be held in November
The Twinsburg Board of Education will now hold its 6.9-mill renewal levy in November after two board members were able to defeat plans to hold it in August. Earlier this month, the board had approved by a 3-2 vote plans to hold the renewal levy in August. But that decision was before the board again Wednesday night on second reading. Under rules of second reading, the ordinance must receive four votes to be approved. So when board members David Andrews and Paul Crosby voted no again on Wednesday, plans for an August levy were scuttled. The board then considered a resolution to hold the levy in November, and that passed by 5-0 vote. The entire board agrees that the renewal levy must be passed to preserve the quality of the school district, …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Twinsburg School Board members were divided on whether the renewal levy should go before voters in August or November.
Members of the Twinsburg School board agreed on one thing: There would be a vote on a 6.9-mill renewal levy in 2013. But school board members disagreed on whether the vote should be held in August or November. Ultimately, the board decided 3-2 to hold the renewal levy in August. The board members discussed the matter Monday morning before voting. Those who voted for August were board members Ron Stuver, Stephen Shebeck and Kate Cain-Criswell, the board president. Also supporting August was the district administration, including Superintendent Kathi Powers. Stuver said one reason he wants to hold the vote in August is to prevent it from distracting the staff from all the important work they do. "Our staff is trying to stay focused on all of…
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Twinsburg Board of Education voted Monday to put a 5-year renewal levy worth 4.9 mills on the ballot during the Aug. 6 special election
In a divided 3-2 vote, the Twinsburg Board of Education voted Monday to put a 4.9-mill renewal levy on the ballot during the Aug. 6 special election. School board members were united in their belief that the renewal levy is needed but had disagreements on the timing. Board President Kate Cain-Criswell and members Stephen Shebeck and Ron Stuver voted to hold the levy in August. Vice President Paul Crosby and Board Member David Andrews voted no because they believed the levy should be in November. The district administration supported putting the levy on the ballot in August. The 4.9-mill levy was last approved in 2007 and brings in about $4.4 million annually for the district. School officials say the district would have to make cuts and …