News Column

School begins with no bond issue pressure

August 12, 2014

By Rick McCrabb, Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio

Aug. 12--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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