Mansfield School Board Member Named To OSBA Committees

12 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Renda M Cline, a member of the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education, has been named to the following committees at the Ohio School Boards Association:

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees has general charge of the affairs, funds and property of the association. It has full power to carry out the purposes of the association according to the OSBA Constitution. The board is composed of the eight-member Executive Committee, representatives from Ohio’s six largest school districts and 18 representatives selected by OSBA’s five regions.

OSBA Executive Committee
The Executive Committee serves as the governing body of the association between meetings of the Board of Trustees. The Executive Committee is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president and one representative from each of OSBA’s five regions.

Central Regional Executive Committee

The Central Region Executive Committee provides governance and leadership to school board members in Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Richland, Ross and Union counties. The committee is elected by OSBA members in the Central Region.

OSBA Black Caucus
The OSBA Black Caucus provides a statewide forum on the practical issues facing Black and ethnically and culturally diverse school board members; supports the efforts of OSBA in promoting and building public awareness of issues relating to racial diversity in schools, enhancing the academic achievement of Black and ethnically and culturally diverse students, and equity in education; and provides professional development, engagement and advocacy relating to the mission.

Committee appointments were finalized at the beginning of 2022. 

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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…

All About Richland

Choral Singing At The Brickyard

12 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This Thursday evening, there will be a concert at The Brickyard.

Not your typical fare, mind you. Rather, the Mansfield City Schools Choir Department will present the Middle School and Senior High Spring Concert under the stars in the heart of downtown Mansfield.

A Breath of Fresh Air” will take place at 6:00 PM. It will be free and open to the public; attendees are asked to bring your own chair. Food trucks will be on hand. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield Schools Support Grows For United Way

24 Feb , 2021  

Coming off of the momentum of the 2019 United Way of Richland County campaign, Mansfield City Schools was excited to engage with staff again on behalf of students and families. The district raised over $14,000 through January. This is an increase from the 2019 amount of $9,754, far surpassing the 2020 goal of $10,000.

“I can’t thank the staff and the leadership enough for their support of our organization,” said Dan Varn, Executive Director of United Way of Richland County. “The strength of the United Way is when we come together,” he added, noting that over 100 MCS staff members participated.

Each year, the staff at MCS are asked to contribute to the campaign to support programs and services that directly enhance life for MCS students and families. Staff can choose from various areas of giving including health services, youth development and family engagement. More…



Mansfield Board Of Education To Vote On Reduction In Force Resolution

16 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The February meeting of the Board of Education of Mansfield City Schools brings with it a matter that such boards hope never come.

At the meeting, to be held on Tuesday night, February 16 at 5:30 PM, the Board will consider a “Resolution of Intent to Consider a Reduction in Force” for the current school year, and dealing with both licensed/certificated and classified staff.

The wording of the Resolution ties the action to the “…current and projected financial condition of the Mansfield City Schools District,” and more specifically about the “…projected budget deficit at the end of this current fiscal year.” More…



Mansfield Schools Win United Way Award

6 Nov , 2020  

Every year, the staff at Mansfield City Schools participate in the United Way giving campaign.

The district benefits greatly from this campaign through the multiple programs that United Way of Richland County supports, many of which provide services to MCS students and their families. Last year, the staff raised $9,754.40. This was the largest increase in funding from the previous year for all school districts in Richland County. This led to MCS being the recipient of the Gopher Award.

Last week Stan Jefferson, Superintendent, accepted the award alongside Dr. Holly Christie, Director of Student Support. More…

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New Level Results In New Schedule For Mansfield Schools

3 Oct , 2020  

By Mansfield City Schools, 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield City Schools changed its schedule for all grades for the week beginning on Monday, October 5. In a statement on their website, the District shared the following:

“On Thursday,  October 1, Richland County Public Health announced that the county’s risk to COVID-19 had been elevated to Red, or Level 3 and that the county had been placed on the Watch List.

Because of this, beginning Monday, October 5, Mansfield City Schools will return to two in-person learning days  and two at home remote learning days. No students will be in  session on Wednesday, October 7. More…


Schools, Sports

Mansfield Board Hears Scoreboard Report

24 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield City Schools Board of Education had a single report during its meeting on Tuesday evening, and the topic was sports.

Athletic Director Kevin Porter was on hand to update Board members on the project to replace the scoreboard at Pete Henry Gymnasium at Mansfield Senior High School.

As the AD shared, a new scoreboard would not only improve the experience of watching basketball and volleyball games, but it would aksi serve as a potential revenue producer for the district — just as one did in the high school he worked at before coming to Mansfield. More…

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Mansfield Board Discusses COVID-19 Coordinator Position

21 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

It may have been on the agenda for discussion and a first reading only, but the proposed COVID-19 2020 Preparedness and Response Coordinator position for Mansfield City Schools was discussed at some length during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education.

The matter came up quickly with the first shared public comment near the start of the meeting, which came in the form of a question from Katie Ellington. In response, Superintendent Stan Jefferson shared details of the proposed position. More…

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Senior High Graduation Video To Air Next Saturday

16 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Mansfield City Schools

The Class of 2020 for Mansfield Senior High School will take center stage next Saturday when their graduation video airs on local television.

The modified in-person graduation concluded on Friday when the last students, attired in the traditional cap and gown, walked across the stage to obtain their diplomas. More…


All Things Business, Schools

Mansfield To Consider CRA Program; Idea Shared With Schools

29 Apr , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

A program that once provided a boost to downtown Mansfield is being considered again.

The Mansfield City Schools Board of Education virtual meeting on Tuesday evening included a conversation between “town and gown.” City of Mansfield Economic Development Director Tim Bowersock was a participant, and shared with board members the news that Mansfield City Council will be considering creation of a new Community Reinvestment Area, or “CRA,” program at its next full Council meeting. More…

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More Packets To Be Ready For Pickup

28 Mar , 2020  

Remote learning continues on full throttle at Mansfield City Schools.

A second packet of 13 at-home lessons for students in pre-kindergarten through high school will be ready for pickup at each school from 8 AM to 12 PM on Tuesday, March 31, through Thursday, April 2. At the same time, parents and students are asked to return completed packets of the 10 days of homework sent home on March 16. More…

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Mansfield Schools Joins County In Unveiling Updated Website

28 Jan , 2020  

Yesterday, we shared news of the Richland County updating its web presence, both on their own site and also on Facebook.

Today we share information about another new website.

A slick new homepage, published on Monday, awaits online visitors to, the Mansfield City Schools homepage. More…

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New Interim Principal At Spanish Immersion School

14 Jan , 2020  

Brennan mug

Michael Brennan has been assigned as interim principal at the Spanish Immersion School to succeed Gabe Costa, who resigned unexpectedly late last week.

Brennan had served as principal at Sherman Elementary School since August 2017. He came to Mansfield City Schools from the K-8 St. Julie School in Lyndurst, Ohio, where he was assistant principal and director of special education. More…



Public Invited To Strategic Planning Sessions

11 Jan , 2020  

Development of a five-year strategic plan for Mansfield City Schools will move forward with a series of student, staff and community focus groups to be held on January 14 and February 19.

The Mansfield City Schools District is reaching out to all community members to receive their input and help in developing a strategic plan that will set priorities, focus energy and resources, and set attainable goals for the District. More…

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