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NCSC Joins New Ohio College, Community College Consortium

22 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

There is exciting news this week in higher education in Ohio, and Richland County is a part of it!

North Central State College is a part of a new consortium that will connect 14 independent colleges and universities and 10 community colleges in Ohio to maximize opportunities for community college students to obtain four year degrees in at least three subject areas — English, psychology, and biology.

Fueled by a grant from the Teagle Foundation and Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the “Ohio Consortium for Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts” will have that as its primary aim — creating a route for seamless educational experiences for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

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OSU Mansfield Students, Staff Can Enter The Buckeye Vax Sweepstakes

19 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

To further encourage the Ohio State community to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the university will be distributing $50,000 in prizes to students, faculty and staff who have received their shots.

All OSU campuses are eligible.

Throughout August, the university will conduct weekly drawings for prizes that include gift cards, football season tickets and annual parking permits. More than 65% of returning students, faculty and staff have completed their vaccinations, and the number continues to rise as more individuals share their information. More…

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Richland School Districts Building For The Future

12 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

At least three Richland County school districts are making substantial investments in the future of local education through projects to construct new buildings, renovate others, and build new athletic facilities.

Students in Shelby, Ontario, and Lexington will be benefiting from the changes over the coming years. Here are recent images from each project.

In Shelby, two such efforts are underway. The new Preschool through 8th grade building will house 1500 students and will combine current enrollments at Auburn and Dowds Elementaries, Little Whippets Preschool, and Shelby Middle School. More…

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Speakers Announced For Two OSU Events

12 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Two ceremonies. Three Buckeye speakers. Thousands of graduates and their families and friends. The Ohio State University is planning a weekend to celebrate academic success.

Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day and his wife, Nina, will serve as the speakers for the university’s 2020 graduate celebration next month. Bruce A. McPheron, executive vice president and provost, will address summer 2021 graduates and their families at a commencement ceremony the same weekend.

The dual events mark a return to near-normal celebrations since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. More…

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Let’s Explore The LEXplore Science Camp

15 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Lexington Schools is offering a free outdoors science camp for Lexington students who have completed Kindergarten through Sixth Grade,

The LEXplore Science Camp was first held back in 2019 and is being brought back this year. During the two week event, students become scientists as they participate in hands-on science experiment, explore science concepts in a new way, and work in a creative environment that ignites a curiosity for science as they explore nature.

Registration for the July 26 August 8 event must be done before June 25. Some additional details: More…

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Ohio State Updates Return to Campus Guidance And Protocols

11 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This week, The Ohio State University’s Interim Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and Human Resources and Senior Adviser to the President Paul Patton delivered the following message to the campus community.

Dear Colleagues,

Ohio State’s faculty and staff — including our graduate student employees — are at the core of our ability to deliver on Ohio State’s mission, and you will play a central role in the success of our reactivated campuses. More…

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Springfield STEM Is WILD

10 Jun , 2021  

An estimated 67 Ohio schools currently hold the designation of a WILD School Site by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Springmill STEM recently became one of them.

According to ODNR’s website, a WILD School Site is “a school property used by students, teachers or the school community as a place to learn about and benefit wildlife and the environment.” In order to receive the certification, Springmill STEM was required to share how the school is utilizing nature as part of their curriculum as well as how they are being good stewards of nature itself.

Principal Regina Sackman said the certification is one of many new additions to infuse nature to further the mission of Springmill STEM. She credits the Ohio State University’s Extension Office, Amanda Criner of Richland County Parks Department and volunteer naturalists with providing education and tools to showcase how to maximize outdoor space for education. More…

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OSU Names A New Provost

30 May , 2021  

The Ohio State University announced today that accomplished researcher, educator and higher-education leader Melissa L. Gilliam, MD, MPH, will be the land-grant institution’s next executive vice president and provost, effective Aug. 1.

Dr. Gilliam will join Ohio State from the University of Chicago, where she is vice provost, the Ellen H. Block Distinguished Service Professor of Health Justice, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics. At Ohio State, she will become the first woman of color to serve as provost, leading the educational mission of one of the largest and most comprehensive universities in the country as its chief academic officer. More…

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MOESC Grows Again

24 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center in Mansfield has welcomed the Mt. Gilead School District as a member district.

The Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors voted unanimously to accept their petition of membership at their regular meeting on May 19th. Mt. Gilead’s membership will commence on July 1, 2021.

Board President Dick Prater said, “On behalf of the Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors, I can say that we are thrilled to partner with Mt. Gilead Schools and welcome them to the Mid-Ohio family. We look forward to providing our comprehensive educational services for staff and students that will meet or exceed their expectations. We also hope they will share their best practices and success stories to make our network of districts even stronger as we move closer to the post-COVID era.” More…

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Mansfield Schools Shares Quality Profile

23 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A question for our Mansfield readers:

How well do you know your city school district?

Speaking of school , here’s a quick test to help you answer that question. Answer the following five multiple choice questions without reading the remainder of this post.

How many students are enrolled in Mansfield City Schools? Is it 2,250, 3,370, or 4,917? More…

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OSU Proposes Tuition Guarantee Rates For First Year Students

20 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Since 2018, in-state first-year students have benefited from the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee, which locks in tuition, housing and dining costs for each entering cohort for four years. For autumn 2021, the university plans to increase tuition and fees for incoming Ohio freshmen by 3.8%, which equates to a $418 annual change from last year’s rate, according to a proposal being presented to the university’s Board of Trustees on Thursday.

The new rate will then be frozen for four years for these students, who will become the sixth straight class of Ohio students to graduate with no tuition and fee increases. The guarantee provides students and their families with predictability about college costs by locking in-state tuition, mandatory fees, housing and dining for each incoming class of undergraduate students from Ohio. More…

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Legislators Confident In School Funding Overhaul Staying In State Budget

20 May , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Two state legislators, including the chair of the Senate Primary & Secondary Education Committee, say a newly proposed funding formula is still alive in Ohio’s biennial budget.

State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, assured a recent Central Ohio virtual town hall including local educational representatives that despite the fact that the majority of the funding formula introduced during the last General Assembly died at the end of the year, the biennial budget brings with it the formula that lessens the weight of property taxes, and expands eligibility for private school voucher programs.

“I believe in this budget there will be a school funding formula in it,” Brenner said. More…

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OSU President Shares Updates On Commencement, COVID, And More

14 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

President Kristina M. Johnson sent the following email to The Ohio State University community on Thursday, May 13.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

While Mother Nature did not cooperate, even the rain could not put a damper on the excitement and enjoyment of our first in-person commencements since 2019 – two in one day!

We conferred 12,345 degrees and certificates, and attendees adhered to pre-arranged public health protocols that made these in-person experiences possible. I thank you for your cooperation and for observing requirements to continue to keep yourselves and one another safe and healthy. More…

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Subject Of ’91 Ed Funding Lawsuit Sees Hope In New State Budget

7 May , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

In 1991, Sheridan High School freshman Nathan DeRolph thought Ohio’s education funding formula would change before he entered college.

He and his parents had filed a lawsuit against the state that would eventually make it to the Ohio Supreme Court, fighting against the overreliance on property taxes built into public school funding. “I kind of naively, I think, thought by the time I’m a senior in high school, this will all be wrapped up and hopefully there will be a new funding plan in place, and generations after me won’t have to deal with the same challenges,” DeRolph said.

Three decades later, he just watched his daughter graduate from high school, under the same funding system his family fought against, through multiple supreme court decisions. More…

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MOESC Awarded COVID-Related Grant

30 Apr , 2021  

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, in partnership with North Central State College and Pioneer CTC, has been awarded a FAFSA21 Funding Opportunities Grant through the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) as part of the allocation of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds provided to the state from the US Department of Education as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The award shall be used to support activities related to completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) for Ohio high school students. More…

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