Board re-elects officers

Board of Education members Gerald Kohanski and Pam Mehallis were re-elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Board at its Jan. 7 reoganizational meeting for 2013. Both are longtime members of the Board, which also approved a number of organizational matters for the new year.

PTO schedules fish meal

The Aurora PTO will switch entrees for its annual dinner fundraiser this year. Fish will replace spaghetti. The event is Feb. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the high school commons. Cost is $4 for ages 5 to 12 and senior citizens and $6 for age 13 to adult. Entertainment will be provided by students. Tickets are available at all schools, the Board of Education office and from members of the PTO.

Harmon parents to meet

Harmon School's parents communication forum will be Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. in the media center. It will feature Aurora High School Principal Mike Roberto, who will discuss upcoming Ohio Department of Education changes that will affect student learning.

Co-op open house slated

Aurora Co-op Preschool, which operates at Centerville Mills Park on Crackel Road has scheduled an open house and registration Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families can tour the facilities, speak with teachers, enjoy refreshments and complete enrollment paperwork.

The preschool offers classes for ages 2 to 5 and is accredited by the Natiional Association for the Education of Young Children and has been named a Three-Star Step Up to quality program by the state of Ohio.

It also was recognized by the Arbor Day foundation with a Nature Explore certificate for outdoor learning and was designated a WILD School Site by the Ohio Department of Natural Resource.

For more information, visit www.auroraco-op.com or call 440-543-1443.

Yearbook seeking photos

Harmon School's yearbook needs photos of sports, field trips and classroom activities for publication in the 2013 edition. Parents and students can submit photos by visiting www.community.lifetouch.com/, entering FKRBUU as the new user access code and setting up an account to upload photos. All submitted photos will be considered, but use of all of them is not guaranteed.

Students ready to bowl

Harmon School's bowling club starts Jan. 17. The cost is $25 for five weeks of bowling. Permission forms are available in the office or at lunch. The club is limited to the first 50 students who bring in payments with their permission slips.

Ruehr geography champ

Jared Ruehr is Harmon School's Geography Bee winner and will take the qualifying test for the state level Geography Bee. Paul Esposito and Ian Doemling were second and third, respectively.

Filmmaker will speak at

Valley Christian Jan. 22

Valley Christian Academy's second of four family speaker series topics will be "An Insider's View: Hollywood and the Movies" featuring filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Howie Klausner.

It will be Jan. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the school on East Boulevard. It is free and open to the

public, and attendees can register at www.valleychristian.com or by calling 330-562-8191.

Klausner will share an insider's view of the film industry, including what messages the industry is sending and how it wants to impact adults and children.

His writing producing accomplishments include "Space Cowboys" starring Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones, "The Grace Card" starring Louis Gossett Jr., "Soul Surfer" and "The Identical" starring Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta and Seth Green.

"Hoovey," a family sports drama commences production March 1, with Klausner making his directing debut from his script.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation. Other speak series presentations are Feb. 11 "The Key to Success in School and Beyond" and March 4 "Raising Healthy Children: 3 Small Changes that Make a Big Difference."

Student plays are eyed

Deadline to enter Solon Center for the Arts' annual playwriting competition is Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. It is open to students in grades 7 to 12, and the top three or four plays will be picked for production by SCA Spotlight Youth Theater on May 24 and June 1. Winners will be announced Feb. 15.

Playwrights should submit an original work no more than 10 pages typed, with their name, age, grade, school, address, phone number and email address to SCA. There is no entry fee. Entries should be sent to Christine A. Madden, arts programming specialist, Solon Center for the Arts, 6315 SOM Center Road, Solon 44139 or emailed to cmadden@solonohio.com.

Former amusement park

staffer takes post at KSU

Rebecca Murphy has been named associate vice president for University Communications and Marketing at Kent State University.

She once served as director of marketing and communications at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure and promotions manager at Geauga Lake Park in Bainbridge Township/Aurora.

Murphy will serve as a key member of the leadership team of Kent State's Division of University Relations.

"Rebecca is the right person to join a great team during the most significant wave of change in higher education," said KSU vice President for University Relations Iris Harvey.

"She brings significant higher education experience as well as a successful career with several of Northeast Ohio's leading organizations and notable brands. We look forward to the contribution she can make in helping to enhance our global reputation and image."

Murphy also previously served as the assistant dean of marketing and communications, enrollment and student services at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, senior director of marketing, communications and external relations at Case Western Reserve and associate director of marketing for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Murphy is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the American Marketing Association. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of Akron.

The new year brings a levy request for Ravenna residents, the first time the school district has sought an operating levy in eight years.

Field schools struggle to

balanced budget for '14

In the wake of a failed levy re-

quest in November, the Board of Education of southern Portage County's Field school district, put finances under the microscope Jan. 7, learning that another $900,000 in cuts is needed to balance the budget for 2014.

A 5.0-mill, three-year levy was defeated at the Nov. 6 election, but will go back on the ballot in May. It was the fourth levy in a row to fail, and came after the Field Board of Education cut $1.5 million from its budget in the previous two years.

Another $897,00 must come off the district's books before it can present a balanced 2014 budget to the state, Treasurer James Vokac said.

"We've got to take care of the Field school district, whatever it takes," Board member Larry Stewart said. "First we've got to pass a levy. Past that, I don't know what else to say."

Board members cautioned that the discussions were preliminary, and more like a brainstorming session. Among the possible budget cuts discussed were eliminating all sports in grades 7 to 12. That alone could save $125,000.

Harmon students, Rotary

collect coats for shelter

Harmon School's student council led students, staff and familiesd on a successful drive to collect 1,888 coats, sweatshirts and sweaters for needfy families.

Members of the Aurora Rotary Club collected some coats, and on Jan. 11 eight Rotarians cars and vans transported large trash bags filled with 40 items each to the Haven of Rest in Akron, where they were unloaded by volunteers.

The Haven of Rest offers residential rehabiliation services, shelters, hot meals, clothing and basic medical care for about 1,400 people per monith from Portage and Summit counties.

Teachers Jen Kurtz and Jenny Jenkins of Harmon led the student drive and coordinated the transporation through the Rotary Club.