Category Archives: School

Fourth Black sibling takes part in spelling bee

A Southern Local sixth grader was the fourth in his family to represent his school in the Scripps National spelling bee held last week in Washington, DC.

Justus Black, who qualified for the national event earlier this year by winning the Columbiana County spelling bee, reportedly lasted until the third preliminary round of the national bee, which included 518 spellers. Black misspelled the word extortionate.

His older brother, Silas, was last year’s county bee winner who also qualified for the 2017 national bee. The Blacks’ two elder sisters, Jasmine and Harmony, also represented the area at the national bees in 2015 and 2016. Their parents are Dale and Hoi Wah Black of Wellsville.

Principal urges CHS graduates to make the most of every moment

By Carol McIntire


Most Outstanding Seniors (from left): Garrett Best and Diana Gomez, Carrollton High School Principal Dave Davis.

Carrollton High School Principal Dave Davis left the class of 2018 with three simple words last week: Time Marches On.

“You can’t stop it, you can’t slow it down, you can’t pause it, you can’t rewind it, you can’t wish it away and you don’t get do-overs,” he told the seniors seated in the high school gym for the senior awards assembly. “I encourage you to make the most of every moment you are given because it is true that every breath you get is a gift.”

He used the lyrics of two songs by Jim Croce to emphasize the words.

“The song ‘Time in a Bottle’ has a line that says, ‘There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to once you find them’. The other song, ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ depicts a son growing up and his father is either away or too busy to play with him. When the son comes home from college, dad wants to talk but the kid just needs to borrow the car keys to meet friends. When the son is grown and has his own kids, the dad calls and wants to talk, but the son is too busy.”

BCC hires new director for Adult Ed program

NEW PHILADELPHIA – A new assistant director of the Adult Education program at Buckeye Career Center was hired at Buckeye’s Board of Education May 15 meeting.

Dave Lautenschleger received a three-year administrative contract. However, his salary has not been established.

In other business, the Board:

-GRANTED a maternity leave to Shaynnne Carroll, public relations coordinator, effective Aug. 28 through Oct. 12;

-ACCEPTED the resignation of Terry Curry, Ohio Police Officers Training Academy instructor, effective April 30;

Gregg student earns top prize in state art contest

Fatima Smuck (left) presents a certicate to Madison Summerville, who won a statewide art contest.

John Gregg Elementary fifth-grader Madison Summerville is gaining some recognition for her artistic skills after winning a state contest.

Summerville, the daughter of Matt and Chris Summerville of Richmond, was one of five students selected for the Ohio Department of Education’s “My Favorite Breakfast” artwork contest in March.

Students across the state were asked to design a poster commemorating National School Breakfast Week and the most important meal of the day and Summerville joined other winners selected from Woodland Elementary in the Lakota Local School District; Minford Middle School in Minford Local School District; General Johnnie Wilson Middle School in the Lorain City School District, and Fairfield Local Middle School in the Fairfield Local School District.

Conotton BOE approves pay raises

BOWERSTON – An increase in Public Utilities Property taxes in Harrison County has provided significant pay increases for both classified and certified employees of the Conotton Valley Union Local School District.

At the CV Board of Education’s April 19 meeting, members approved a negotiated agreement extension with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) union providing for 3 percent pay raises for approximately 31 classified workers and extended the contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (certified) union an additional three years, expiring in 2022.

Cost of the four years of the OAPSE agreement will be an additional $75,000, according to Conotton Valley School District Treasurer Denise Ketchum.

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