Schools seek renewal
of improvements levy
At its Dec. 16 meeting, the Aurora Board of Education adopted a resolution declaring it necessary to renew an existing 1.5-mill permanent improvement tax levy, which expires at the end of 2014.
The board requests that the Portage County auditor certify the total current tax valuation of the district and the dollar amount of revenue the levy would generate. The levy would be for five years. It currently generates about $748,000 per year. The money is used to buy furniture, computers and necessary equipment, and do capital improvement projects.
The renewal levy would not increase homeowners’ taxes. The levy would appear on the May 2014 ballot. The board must approve a resolution by Feb. 5 to place the levy before voters in May.

Local schools named
to prestigious AP roll
Aurora schools have been named one of only 477 districts in the U.S. and Canada and only three high schools in Ohio listed on the College Board’s fourth annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll.
The honor roll recognizes districts that increase access to AP coursework while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher.
Since 2010, the district has increased the number of students participating in AP program from 280 to about 800, while still enabling 70 percent of students to earn AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
Inclusion on the fourth annual honor roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data from 2011 to 2013. The College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.
A complete listing of honor roll designated school districts can be found at

21 seeking to get job
as Kent State’s head
At least 21 people have applied to be the next president of Kent State University, including two former college presidents and several college deans.
The applications are being collected by Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates in Media, Pa., the firm hired to aid in the nationwide search to replace President Lester Lefton, who announced he will retire in June 2014. The search firm already has been paid at least $161,000 for its efforts.
The list of applicants likely will grow. The search process is still in the recruitment phase, said KSU spokesman Eric Mansfield. KSU trustees eventually will select the next president.
“With President Lefton under contract until mid-summer, the presidential search committee remains dedicated to taking as long as is necessary to find the right person to become the next president,” Mansfield said.
Included is Dale Timothy (Tim) White, a former WKYC Channel 3 newscaster in Cleveland and senior partner for The SPECTRUM Group in Virginia.
— Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier

NEOMED, CSU partner
in $45 million building
The Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown will have a presence in the newest building being constructed at Cleveland State University.
CSU broke ground Dec. 10 for a health sciences building, which will serve as the home of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health. The building also will house CSU programs offered by the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences, and serve as the headquarters of CSU’s partnership with NEOMED.
The partnership is dedicated to training physicians and other health professionals that deliver primary care services to metropolitan communities.
Set to open in June 2015 on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 22nd Street, the $45 million, 100,000-square-foot facility will foster interprofessional teaching, learning and research in community-centered health care. NEOMED will enter a 25-year lease to occupy about 20 percent of the new building.

Financial aid is topic
Aurora High School will hoist a financial aid night Jan. 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The informative session will be presented by Ann Marie Gruber, assistant director of financial aid at Lakeland Community College. Topics will include financial aid forms (including FAFSA), grants and loans, scholarship searches and a question and answer session.
KSU grads had most
debt of state schools
Kent State University students graduated in 2012 with more debt than the national average and the most in Ohio for those earning their bachelor’s degrees at public, four-year colleges, according to a recent survey.
The findings of the Student Debt and the Class of 2012 report, compiled by the Institute on College Access and Success, show that students at KSU’s main campus graduated in 2012 with an average debt of $31,954 — a nearly 7 percent increase from 2011. About 76 percent of KSU students graduated with debt, according to the report.
The average amount of debt across the country is $29,400 — a 10 percent increase from 2011 — while the state average is $29,000. About 70 percent of graduates nationwide left school with some amount of debt, according to the report.
Comparatively, the average debt for University of Akron students was the lowest in Ohio for public, four-year schools at $23,392 — nearly $6,000 lower than the national average.
Jeremey Nobile, Record-Courier

Dog treats are on sale
Leighton School teacher Emily Hilker and her class are sponsoring their yearly dog treat sale for staff members and students at Leighton. With such a big response to the sale each year, expanding next year’s sale to include students from Aurora’s other school buildings might be an option. If you are interested in placing orders, email or call 330-954-2203. The sale runs until Dec. 20. Small bags are $2 and large bags are $4.

Two win Pride Cards
Dominique Brown and Colin Kearney are the Pride Card winners for last week at Aurora High School.
Three students ‘good’
Caught Being Good last week at Leighton School were: Liam Paulic, third grade; Logan Keilin, fourth; and Luke Weil, fifth.
VCA activities coming
Valley Christian Academy’s holiday concert will be Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at the school on East Boulevard in the Geauga Lake area. Instrumental and vocal groups will perform.
VCA’s boys and girls basketball teams will play Bethel Christian Academy on Jan. 24 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The girls play at 2 p.m. and the boys at 2:45. Cost of admission is $25, including a ticket for the Cavs game at 7:30. For details, visit

Three earn top honors
Aurora High School students Anton Krondorfer, Julie Dombroski and Tyler Amick earned top honors in the Portage County Americanism & Government test given by the American Legion and will advance to district competition. Megan MacIntyre and Alexandra Kokinchak also participated.