Thursday, October 19, 2000

In the Schools

Fairfield losing treasurer

        FAIRFIELD — Just one week after naming a new superintendent, the Fairfield Board of Education will begin its search for a school treasurer.

        Treasurer Stephen Maag will leave the district at the end of the month to become treasurer of the Beavercreek Schools near Dayton. Mr. Maag has been Fairfield's treasurer for just 18 months.

        The school board will meet at 4 p.m. today in the community room at the senior high school, 8800 Holden Blvd. The board is expected to discuss Mr. Maag's contract and naming an interim treasurer.

Talawanda treasurer stays

        OXFORD — Talawanda Schools Treasurer James Rowan will be with the district another four years.

        The school board on Monday approved a contract for Mr. Rowan that begins at the board's organizational meeting in January and extends through the end of December 2004.

        Mr. Rowan returned to Talawanda to become treasurer in February 1999 after working in Fairfield the previous three years. Mr. Rowan had been Talawanda's treasurer before accepting the Fairfield position.

School, land swapped

        MADISON TWP. — The Madison Board of Education has come to a tentative agreement to trade Poasttown Elementary School and the district's administrative offices for 25 acres across the road from where the high school is being built.

        Superintendent William Caudill said the district will vacate Poasttown Elementary by Oct. 1, 2001.

        The school is being built on 27 acres adjacent to the present Madison High School. Once the new high school opens in August 2001, grades 7-12 will move there and Poasttown Elementary School will close. Students in kindergarten through grade 6 will move to the existing junior and senior high school buildings, which will be renovated.

        “We get something we can use and Poasttown won't become an eyesore,” Mr. Caudill said.

        No decision has been made yet where administrative offices will relocate after the reorganization is complete, Mr. Caudill said. Several options are still under consideration.

Forums to discuss levy

        TRENTON — Open forums to answer questions on the upcoming 4.9-mill operating levy are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today and for the following two Thursdays at Edgewood High School, 5005 Ohio 73.

        The levy would bring in $1.67 million annually, enough to keep the district solvent for five years. It is the first time since 1987 that voters have been asked to approve funds for the district. A 1988 levy was removed from the ballot after the school district received a tax settlement.

Poinsettias fund music

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — The annual Kings Music Association poinsettia sale is under way. People have until Oct. 26 to place their order.

        “About 10 percent of money for our budget comes from this,” said Greg Adkins, co-chairman of the poinsettia sale. The Kings Music Association raises about $50,000 annually for the Kings marching band, the jazz band, winter guard and winter drum line. The money is used for such items as purchasing music arrangements, drill routines, instruments and uniforms.

        The cost for the poinsettias are $5 for a 4-inch pot, $9 for a 6-inch pot, $18 for an 8-inch pot, and $30 for a 10-inch pot. The flowers come in red, white, red with white speckles, pink and marble (white with pink). A special business-only poinsettia also will be offered. The pot is 10 inches and the flowers are 3 feet high. The cost is $36. To place an order, call Mr. Adkins at 336-7978.

Seminar for mentors

        MASON — Mason Schools is looking for mentors for its students, and the district is bringing in an internationally known speaker and consultant for a mentoring seminar.

        The Mason Mentoring Program matches caring adults with Mason school children in grades 5 through 8 who might need extra guidance and support.

        Dr. Susan Weinberger, founder and president of the Mentor Consulting Group, and an international consultant, speaker and author on mentoring, will lead the workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Mason Middle School, 707 S. Mason-Montgomery Road.

        Dr. Weinberger designed and developed the first one-on-one school-based mentor program in America in 1986, the Norwalk Mentor Program, and served as its director for 12 years. Her publications on Mentoring include: Guidebook to Mentoring: Strengthening Community Commitment Through Mentoring.

        Anyone over 21, whether a current mentor or school-staff member, community member, or local business leader wishing to become a mentor, may attend. Dr. Weinberger will speak about how to recruit mentors, how mentor programs can partner with business and community organizations, and how to be a better mentor.

        Seating is limited; reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Bill Christos at 398-6012 or email

After-school assistance

        Little Miami High School is offering an expanded version of Project Pass, an after-school help program.

        Students may go to the new media center every day after school until 4 p.m. and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m. Teachers are available in the evenings for help.


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