Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Resident, teacher hoping to fill middle school stadium to raise money for One Fund Boston.
Boston may be 600 miles from Cleveland, but for a pair of local men, the city could be one town over. “We thought it would be cool to know that the city of Avon is supporting Boston,” Avon resident Mike Cooper said. Cooper, who owns Cooper Disposal in Cleveland said he feels blessed and wants to help give back to others. “I was sitting at the kitchen table with my wife when the (Boston Marathon bombings) happened and said I wanted to do something for those families. The bombings killed three and injured more than 250, many seriously. At least 15 individuals underwent amputations. “I wanted to do something for those families,” Cooper said. Cooper, along with Avon High School history teacher Collin Anderson, have organized Avon’s Memorial to…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Had a long career in Ohio education
Richard V. Voigt, 84 of Avon, passed away on Jan. 13, 2013. He was born on Aug. 11, 1928 in Mansfield, OH, the son of the late Victor and Cecilia Voigt (nee Malaska). He was employed for many years as a principal at Avon Middle School. Richard served in the Air Force for three years. He received a master's degree from Kent State University and did some post graduate work in economics at John Carroll University where he was sponsored by the Cleveland Economic Council. Richard was a member of the Lorain County Board of Health for 20 years. He was president for the Department of Actively Retired Teachers in 1983; the chief manager of Cleveland area for testing foreign medical students who wanted to practice medicine in America; and a lifetime…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Electors vote 60 to 40 percent to support Issue 31.
Avon Local School District finally got the response they were looking for. After two failed levy attempts, voters narrowly approved a 28-year, $32 million bond that allows the district to build a new middle school. Issue 31 passed, unofficially, 6221 to 4165. "We're obviously very thankful to voters for supporting the issue," Avon Superintendent of Schools Mike Laub said after the election. "Now we can put plans in motion for all the growth we’re expecting." Laub said the district is looking at a construction timeline to open the new middle school for the 2015-16 school year. "We have some planning to do," Laub said. "We need to sit down with architects and the planning committee and put plans in motion. I want to see it laid out on paper…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
It's back-to-school time. Let's get those kids on the bus.
Avon schools (grades 1-12) start next Thursday, Aug. 23. Are you ready? For those looking for bus schedules, the district just released them. Here they are, with some information from the school district's transportation supervisor. Per the Avon Local School District website: Students are to be at the bus stops five minutes prior to the arrival of the bus. The times that are listed for your street are estimated. St. Joseph students will ride to Heritage North and South and transfer to Bus 35. Bus 35 will leave Heritage South at 7:15 a.m. Menlo, St. Paul Lutheran, Ruffing Montessori and St. Raphael will ride on the Middle School run. They will transfer at Avon Middle to Bus 27. Bus 27 will leave Avon Middle at 8:00 a.m. BUS 15-Leaves …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
District hopes third time is the charm for middle school levy.
The Avon School Board unanimously approved a motion that would place a “no new tax” $32 million, 2.34-mill bond issue on the November General Election ballot. It marks the third time in the past 12 months the district has sought a $32 million levy. Unlike the first two, in November of 2011 and March of 2012, passage of this levy will not result in a tax increase. Both previous attempts narrowly failed. If approved, the 28-year levy would generate enough funds to build a new Avon Middle School that would be finished by the 2014-15 school year. The school would be built on a 46-acre property the district already owns on Long Road. District treasurer Kent Zeman said if approved by voters, taxpayers would not see an increase in taxes, but a …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Big second-half lifts Eagles past Shaker Heights
Avon High School’s rugby team hasn’t been used to playing tight games this season and perhaps playing at home for the first time spooked them a little, but as they say, winning cures all ills and puts the ghosts safely behind. The Eagles extended a nervy one-point halftime lead to defeat Shaker Heights, 17-6, on Wednesday and remain unbeaten as they advanced to the Division II Final Four. Seniors Joe Hamilton and Alex Nielsen and sophomore Billy Ritchie scored and senior Kyle Lavelle made a conversion kick for the Eagles (8-0) who have had a team at the high school for last three years. Avon will face Indian Springs of Dayton, the state’s only other undefeated Division II team, at Hudson on Saturday for the right to go to Columbus for the …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Dr. Craig Koehler shows what between-periods is like
When the bond issue to build a new Avon Middle School has been discussed in recent months, the current and future crowding of the school often comes up. In story comments on Avon Patch, here are some of the comments that talked about crowding: So on Monday, I went to the middle school and shot video of one of the four-minute breaks between class periods to get a student's-eye view. Check out the video here to see some of it, along with comments from principal Dr. Craig Koehler on some of the challenges he said students and staff face during class changes.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
District has tough choices to make in the next few months
Avon's Board of Education meets Tuesday evening for the first time since Issue 11, the 32-year, $32 million bond issue to build a new middle school, failed in the March 6 primary election by 141 votes. The middle school is not on the agenda for the meeting, but it will be coming up sometime in the next few months as the board has to decide what will go on the November ballot. During that time, the board will also be hiring a new superintendent to replace the departing Jim Reitenbach. The bond issue has failed twice at the polls, once in November and again two weeks ago. Both were very close votes. While board members have said they believe it is the most fiscally sound option for the long term, will voters agree? Another option could be a …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
School board will take time to consider several options
After Tuesday's narrow defeat of the proposed $32 million bond issue to build a new Avon Middle School, the Avon Board of Education is going to take some time before deciding which path to take next, board president Kevin Romanchok said Wednesday. When the bond issue went down in the November election, the board had just a few weeks to get it on the March primary ballot. Whatever is eventually decided on -- whether it's the same bond issue, a modified version of it, or a bond issue to do additions and improvements to the existing middle school -- it will not go up for a vote until the November election, Romanchok said. That means the district has time to talk with the community, get input from its architect, and talk with each other. A …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Renewal operating levy passes by wider margin
Now what? That's the question officials with Avon Local Schools face after a $32 million bond issue to build a new Avon Middle School lost by 141 votes Tuesday night. Issue 11 -- a $32 million, 2.25 mill, 32-year bond issue to build the new middle school -- got 2,816 in favor but 2,957 against. The vote is unofficial. Early absentee voting was harsh on the bond issue. It trailed by an almost 60-40 percent margin early Tuesday night. But as the night went on, the gap narrowed to less than 35 votes at one point, giving supporters gathered in the middle school library hope. That hope was dashed around 11 p.m. "We still have a challenge," school board president Kevin Romanchok said. "The kids are still coming, the need has not disappeared and…