Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Talawanda schools to drop 'city' from district's name

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        OXFORD - Every time Louise Cochran sees a Talawanda City School bus in her Milford Township neighborhood, she's reminded of the controversy more than 20 years ago after the district closed all but one neighborhood elementary school outside the Oxford city limits.

        Strong feelings such as those prompted members of the Talawanda Board of Education last week to drop the word “city” from the district's name.

        Many hope the action will help mend hard feelings left from the late 1970s when township residents wanted to split from the district. Feelings of second-class treatment of township residents remain today despite efforts to unify this diverse, 140-square-mile west ern Butler County district that remains mostly rural outside Oxford.

        “It's going to mean a lot to a lot of the people,” said William Vollmer, school board president. “I think it's the right move.”

        Mrs. Cochran said she looks forward to the word “city” being removed from the buses, but says the real test is how township residents are treated.

        “It was only a matter of good manners to do that,” Mrs. Cochran said. “It's a little bit of a good move in the right direction. Now, let's see what comes next.”

        Talawanda Treasurer James Rowan said the district would spend about $1,800 to remove the word “city” from the 40 buses that Laidlaw Transit uses to transport students.


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