LeBlanc interim dean

of Kent State college

AnnMarie LeBlanc of Aurora has been chosen to serve as interim dean of Kent State University's College of Communication and Information starting July 1.

She currently is director of KSU's School of Visual Communication Design. She will succeed Stan Wearden, who will retire effective June 30 after 30 years of service at the university. The latter also will become senior vice president and provost at Columbia College in Chicago.

LeBlanc came to KSU in 2007 from Indian University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. While in Indiana, she was recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award.

LeBlanc also has taught in summer and semester-long sessions at the University of Michigan, Purdue and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

She holds a master of fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University, a master of arts degree from Purdue University and a bachelor of fine arts from Louisiana State University.

Retirement to be topic

The Portage County Retired Teachers are hosting a pre-retirement workshop April 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Western Reserve Media Center, 1750 Campus Center Drive, Kent, for teachers who may retire in the next few years.

A speaker from State Teachers Retirement System will explain various retirement options. Other topics to be discussed include legal documents and investment opportunities to consider.

The workshop is free and refreshments will be served. Attendees may bring spouses or significant others. For reservations, contact Mary Ann Brocket at 330-204-3151 or brockettma@hiram.edu.

OAA testing now set

May 6-8 at Leighton

Dates for the Ohio Achievement Assessments for Leighton School students have been pushed back one week. The dates are May 6 (reading for all students), May 7 (math for all students) and May 8 (fifth-grade science).

Leighton's fifth-grade art classes recently had a visit from Craig Thompson, an area architect, who talked about his profession, the education required and projects he is working on -- including a green roof residence in Jamaica, a Sandals resort and a house he designed on spec for a Hollywood movie.

Class winners of the leukemia-lymphoma drive were Dana McNally's first grade, Gina Voinovich's fourth grade and Keri Stoyle's fifth grade. Leighton raised more than $1,000 for the cause.

Parents are invited to the rescheduled "Hidden in Plain Sight" program on April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Aurora High School auditorium.

Blizzard bags go out

Parents and Harmon School students should note that the official date for Blizzard Bag 1 distribution will be April 4. The date of return is April 22. The second blizzard bag will be distributed on April 17 and is due back on May 2.

Parents talk April 7

Parents are reminded that the "Hidden in Plain Sight: What Every Parent Needs to Know Now" interactive awareness exhibit and talk has been rescheduled for April 7 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Youths will not be admitted.