Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Board will decide in the weeks ahead on whether to put the proposed permanent improvement levy on the May 7 ballot.
The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education might put a new 5-year, 3-mill permanent improvement levy on the May 7 ballot. At its meeting on Monday, the Board unanimously passed a resolution, which will be sent to the Summit County Fiscal Office in order to calculate and certify how much revenue the levy would raise. Upon certification, board members will vote on whether to place the levy on the ballot. According to Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Treasurer David Hoskin, the levy would cost homeowners $91.88 per year for every $100,000 in property tax valuation. "A permanent improvement levy would bolster the district's revenue stream and could be used for building maintenance, bus purchases and classroom technology," reports the Falls News …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The district is working to create a safer learning environment with new security measures, but according to Dr. Todd Nichols, that does not include profiling children or creating a "list" of students who may be prone to violence.
On Jan. 6, the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools announced it would be working closely with the Falls police and fire departments to ramp up security in the district. Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Increase Security, Tighten Safety Measures The partnership translates in part to more police officers patrolling schools, additional monitoring devices and restricted access to schools while class is in session. Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols told the Falls News Press the district would also focus on "the identification of individuals who may be at risk for violent behavior.” Given the comment, rumors circulated that Nichols intended to document the names of students who may be prone to violence. In an email to Patch on Monday, Nichols dispelled the …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Here are several ways you can make sure your sports teams are highlighted on Cuyahoga Falls Patch.
Winter sports are well underway, and Patch wants to help you share all the exciting moments with the community, family and friends. We are looking for athletes, coaches, parents, Booster club members and fans in Cuyahoga Falls who are ready, willing and able to share their team spirit on Patch. News about any team—high school, middle school, rec teams, etc.—is welcome. Here's how to share news about your sports team: 1. Start a blog about your sports team: Share stats, recaps, photos and/or videos from the game in your own sports blog. Discuss the team, coaches and players with other fans in the community (but please keep it civil). 2. Upload pictures and video of your team to our "Pics & Clips" gallery: At the game? Did you snap an …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Woodridge Schools will receive about $42,000.
Schools in Cuyahoga Falls will soon receive more than $100,000 in taxes from the state’s new casinos. Figures for this first set of payments were released earlier this week. The Plain Dealer reports that the state is passing out more than $37.9 million in casino taxes to schools and districts across Ohio. Schools will receive their payments—based on enrollment—in January and August each year. Check out the Plain Dealer article for more information on how the casino taxes are divided between schools, cities and more. Cuyahoga Falls City Schools will receive about $102,900, and the Woodridge Local Schools will receive about $42,000, according to information on the Ohio Department of Taxation's website. Summit County schools, including …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols said the district is collaborating with the Cuyahoga Falls Police and Fire Departments to prevent and react to emergency situations.
The Cuyahoga Falls City Schools are working closely with the Falls police and fire departments to ramp up security in the district, reports the Falls News Press. For starters, parents and students will see more police officers patrolling schools and "hosts" that will monitor hallway activity. In addition, access to schools will be more restricted while class is in session, said Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols in an AlertNow phone message to parents on Sunday. "...Our external efforts are aimed at providing a sense of calm and a sense of partnership with our community,” said Nichols. Internally, the district has installed additional monitoring devices and trained staff on the prevention of and reaction to emergency situations. The …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Superintendents Todd Nichols and Walter Davis, along with Board of Education member Kellie Patterson, offered their input following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
Updated Dec. 15, 11:40 a.m. On Friday morning, the U.S. experienced one of its worst tragedies in recent memory when Adam Lanza opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school, killing 20 children and six adults. Lanza, 20, reportedly committed suicide following the massacre, which took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The children he killed were said to be between 5 and 10 years old. On Friday, Cuyahoga Falls Patch spoke to local school leaders who offered their reactions to the shooting and input on school security. Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols: We regularly review our security and emergency planning policies and procedures, we will again Monday in an administrative meeting. We will make any …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Due to the inclement weather, both school districts have canceled class on Tuesday.
The Cuyahoga Falls City Schools and Woodridge Local School districts will be closed Tuesday due to the high wind advisories and inclement weather caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Compare Ohio districts with our searchable database.
The Ohio Department of Education today released all of the preliminary data for the 2011-2012 state report cards. The final data is on hold until the state completes an investigation into some districts’ attendance numbers. As it stands, the Woodridge Local Schools moved up from "Excellent" during the 2010-11 school year to "Excellent with Distinction" in 2011-12. Conversely, the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools fell one notch – from "Excellent" to "Effective" – in the same time span. New Scholastic Rigors Will Redefine State Report Card Results: Falls Superintendent Use our searchable database above to see how any public district in the state performed. The database includes data on the percentage of students who scored proficient or above on…
In this Letter to the Editor, Cuyahoga Falls Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols touches on the district's downgraded state report card rating, but addresses the real focus concerning student performance.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
To open the Superintendent's letter, refer to the PDF link below the photo.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The state has released the preliminary ratings for districts and schools.
At last, the Ohio Department of Education has released the rest of the state report card information. The news is quite good for the Woodridge Local Schools district, but somewhat disappointing for Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. While the data is still preliminary, as of now, Woodridge has achieved the highest possible state report card rating for the 2011-2012 school year: “Excellent with Distinction.” Cuyahoga Falls was downgraded from "Excellent" in the 2010-11 school year to "Effective" in the 2011-12 school year. School and district report cards are usually released at the beginning of the school year, but that timeline has been pushed back while the state auditor investigates whether some districts manipulated attendance data. Some …