Refinancing of bonds
saves taxpayers cash
Treasurer Bill Volosin of the Aurora schools has reported the district recently refinanced a portion of its 2009 bond issue, thus reducing taxpayer contributions to the debt service by more than $4125,000 over the remaining life of the bonds, which mature Dec. 1, 2033.
The 2009 bonds ($19.25 million) were part of the March 2008 bond issue that voters approved, and were used for capital improvements districtwide. Thanks to current lower interest rates, the district was able to refinance the bonds at lower rates, which will reduce debt service on the bonds by about $20,000 annually.
The newly refinanced bonds carry an interest rate of 3.35 percent, whereas the original bonds were at $5.05 percent. Volosin said the transaction refinanced $7.12 million of the $17.55 million that is outstanding, although only $16.41 million of that amount was eligible to be refinanced.
The original issue was split into two issues in 2008 and 2009. The 2009 bond rates were slightly higher than the 2008 sale, so the 2009 bonds were refunded first. Volosin added the district will continue to monitor interest rates in an effort to additionally refund the 2008 bonds as soon as it is economically feasible.

Ellises earn 2 awards
Randy and Ann Ellis received an outstanding coach/mentor award at First Lego League competitions in Girard in November and Austintown in early January. They are the coaches of Harmon School’s Slightly Different team.
During each First Lego League competition, the outstanding coach/mentor award is presented to someone whose wisdom, guidance and devotion are most clearly evident in the team’s discussion with the judges.
According to a team spokesman, the announcement of these awards brought some of the loudest cheering of the day as the team and parents were thrilled for the Ellises.
Kindergarten info set
It’s time to think about the next school year already. Miller School’s “Kick Off to Kindergarten” program for the upcoming kindergarten class (Class of 2027) will be Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
It is an informational meeting for parents that will outline the kindergarten program and procedures for registering students. Parents will receive a registration folder of information and will be given an overview of the necessary materials needed for registration.
In the Aurora district, a child who is 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 is eligible for kindergarten. Signups will take place March 11 and 12. Questioins should be directed to the Miller School office.
VCA students enjoy
science experiments
The excitement and enchantment of the world of chemistry came to life at Valley Christian Academy recently. John Oliver of Mobile Ed Productions shared an array of experiments to help students understand the foundation of all matter: solids, liquids and gases.
Endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions were explained, with a pillow of polyfoam being created after two chemicals were combined, resulting in an exothermic reaction. The effects of liquid nitrogen were displayed as a daisy was instantly frozen and then corks flew out a canister that contained liquid nitrogen.
The environment and pollution were discussed, with Oliver showing the students a Dow chemical which caused pollution particles to settle to the bottom of a cylinder (representing a body of water), where they then could be sucked up, hence cleaning up the environment with the use of chemicals.
According to a VCA spokeswoman, students and faculty alike agreed they had an enjoyable experience learning about chemistry.
Leighton recognizes 6
Caught being good recently at Leighton School were: Grace Barto and Scotty Hatfield, third grade; Brandon Carr and Killian Snitzer, fourth; and Clayton Wiltrout and Emmy Fellenstein, fifth.

AHS info date moved
An informational meeting about college for students with disabilities will take place Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Aurora High’s auditorium. The meeting formerly was scheduled for Jan. 23.

Excel TECC day ahead
The Mayfield High School Excel TECC Opportunity Day-Night this year will take place Jan. 30.  During the day, 10th-graders from consortium schools, including Aurora, will visit during the day as a field trip.
In the evening, parents/guardians and students can attend an evening presentation to explore career technical offerings starting at 7.Visit the Mayfield schools link at for details and forms.
Preschool information
is available at session
At the Jan. 28 general
meeting of the Solon Early Childhood PTA, participants can met representatives from area preschools. The session will be at 7 p.m. in the Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Parkway.
Local preschools will be available for questions and will provide information about programs. “The preschool parade is an excellent opportunity to find a preschool or childcare center that meets your family’s needs,” said programs chairman Kristen Cione.
SECPTA will provide free babysitting. SECPTA is a unit of the Parent Teacher Association, organized for the parents of preschool age children (birth to 5 years) regardless of what school the child will attend. It welcomes new members from Solon and surrounding communities.
The purpose of the organization is to help parents of preschool age children better understand their children via qualified resources, educational programs, the sharing of experiences and social activities. For more information, visit
Open house at school
St. Rita School in Solon will have an open house Jan. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Information about the school is avvailable at Area students can win a merit scholarship to St. Rita, and applications for next school year must be turned in by March 1.
VCA has activities set
in the coming weeks
Many activities are coming up at Valley Christian Academy in the Geauga Lake area of Aurora.
A dress down day for students will be Jan. 23 in appreciation for students making the annual food drive a huge success.
The in-school elementary speech meet will be Jan. 28. Those selected from the in-school meet will attend the ACSI regional meet March 14 at VCA.
The annual parents meeting will be Feb. 1 from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.. Administrator Dale Moncrief will give updates about the school.
A new family open house will be Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon A kindergarten information session will be at 10 a.m. and middle school information session will be at 11 a.m.
There will be early dismissal on Jan. 24, and reort cards will be sent home. Fit Girl meets Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. until Feb. 7
The girls and boys basketball teams are playing games. Check for a complete schedule.