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    Posted: Aug 12 2014 at 1:37pm

Posted: 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

School begins with no bond issue pressure

By Rick McCrabb
Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN —

For the first time in numerous months, the Middletown City Schools District officials aren’t worried about passing a bond issue to fund building a middle school and renovating the high school. Now the district can concentrate on its main focus: educating children.

On Monday morning, the district held its annual convocation at Middletown High School that drew teachers and administrators to hear the keynote address from Michael White, a licensed pediatric psychologist and director of educational consulting services in Cincinnati, and a message from Superintendent Sam Ison.

Leslie Schlabach, a fourth-grade intervention specialist at Rosa Parks Elementary teacher, called the unofficial opening of school event “one of the best ones” she has attended the last 13 years because of White’s message. White was funny and he “made light” of the teaching profession, she said.

“We laughed,” she said.

Starting today, it gets more serious. School starts this morning from 7 to 10:15 a.m. for freshmen; and kindergartners, the Class of 2027, will attend their first day of school on either Aug. 18 or Aug. 19 depending on their last names. School for the rest of the students in the district begins Wednesday.

Schlabach said teachers have spent the summer getting ready for the school year by attending professional development classes to prepare for the ever-changing educational requirements.

She enjoys teaching because it’s “one of the few ways to make a big difference,” she said.

The district also will welcome 11 new administrators: Tanya Davis, senior director of student services; Randy Bertram, treasurer; Jay Meno, MHS assistant principal; Adam Walton, Middletown Middle School and Highview Sixth Grade Center assistant principal; Susan Bamford, Wildwood Elementary principal; Andrea Blevins, principal of Mayfield Elementary; Anthony Comer, principal of Rosa Parks Elementary; Lisa Smith, principal of Creekview Elementary; Andrew Huber, instructional learning specialist; Lee Day, district head guidance counselor; and Katie Ritter, instructional technology specialist.

 

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Warning! Sarcastic comments ahead......chmoore and the other school supporters.....please take the following comments as such and be sure and call me the always popular "disgruntled" in your replys.   

"For the first time in numerous months, the Middletown City Schools District officials aren’t worried about passing a bond issue to fund building a middle school and renovating the high school"

WHEW!!! THAT'S A RELIEF! THE MAIN CONCERN FOR MONEY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL IS SOLVED, SOME GOT WHAT THEY WANTED AND ARE HAPPY CAMPERS NOW. THE REST OF US, NOT SO MUCH. GREAT! WON'T MATTER IN THE END ANYHOW. NO BENEFIT EXPECTED BY SOME. MOVING ON.


"Now the district can concentrate on its main focus: educating children"





AND WHEN WILL THAT START, PEOPLE WITH HIGH HOPES, AND IN WHAT YEAR WILL WE SEE SOME PROGRESS?

The district also will welcome 11 new administrators: Tanya Davis, senior director of student services; Randy Bertram, treasurer; Jay Meno, MHS assistant principal; Adam Walton, Middletown Middle School and Highview Sixth Grade Center assistant principal; Susan Bamford, Wildwood Elementary principal; Andrea Blevins, principal of Mayfield Elementary; Anthony Comer, principal of Rosa Parks Elementary; Lisa Smith, principal of Creekview Elementary; Andrew Huber, instructional learning specialist; Lee Day, district head guidance counselor; and Katie Ritter, instructional technology specialist

BIG TURNOVER. NEW HIRES DUE TO PROMOTIONS OR TO REPLACE THE PEOPLE LOST GOING TO OTHER DISTRICTS?

I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.
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No mention of the 21st Century Specialist or whatever they called it?  This is a new position, paying 65K-70k, forget the guys's name, but you will see him as the basketball coach.  So what does he do (aside from coaching)??? Anyone??? Apparently I should have gone into coaching so I could have a high-paying job created for me and I'm just a coach in life. Another instructional learning specialist hired but was not mentioned, Jill Frost. Senior Director of student services?  What is that?  114K for the new treasurer when the old one made 84?  How many new hires were straight from Lolli's pool of buds (Jill Frost is)?  The district admin is really sneaking it in on you guys, have fun with that!
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Everyone can see what is happening except for the School Board. These well educated people are drinking way to much of the Administration Kool-Aid. Surely at least one board member can see through the smoke and mirrors. 
Ms.Andrew, Ms. McNeil, Rev. Tyus, Ms. Shores, Ms.Delloma anyone? Jill Frost, just curious how you go from being hired as a Reading/ Math Tutor to an administration position with a guaranteed 4 times increase in salary? Another back door deal by Lolli to bolster her cheering section. Are the lights coming on yet??? 
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Let's see if we hear from the school board on these claims of the "friends of Lolli" being hired behind the scenes. If true, the school board owes the public an explanation as to what transpired during the hiring process and why Lolli seems to wield so much influence in the district while apparently trying to surround herself with only friends. The property owners/taxpayers have a right to know what is going on in their school district since we are paying the bills.

Don't care what the policy is on discussing the hiring process before the public, this type of activity, if it indeed did occur, is way out of line.
I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.
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