School district earns

state auditor's award

The Aurora school district has received the Ohio Auditor Award for 2013 for excellent record keeping. Auditor Dave Yost stated, "Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability."

The award is presented to local governments and school districts after having a completed financial audit and meeting the criteria of a "clean" report, meaning the audit did not contain findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs.

This is the third consecutive year the schools have earned the award.

Board of Education President Gerald Kohanski stated, "The district received an unmodified opinion, which is the best report it could receive and indicates the financial statements present fairly the financial position of theschools in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles."

Musicians at Leighton

given solo recognition

The Aurora Orchestra Association conducted its 16th annual solo competition April 12, when students from grades 4 and 5 performed in front of an independent judge. Ratings ranged from I (outstanding) to IV (poor).

The judge also selected overall first, second and third place winners from each grade level. They will receive trophies and be recognized during an awards ceremony after the final concert of the year May 14 at 6:30 p.m. (fourth) and 7:30 (fifth).

The results were as follows: Fourth-grade orchestra -- Alex Ventimiglia, first; Mason Kacmar, second; and Olivia Wamser, third.

Fifth-grade orchestra -- Ryan Stahl and Samantha St. John, tie for first; Catherine John, second; and Natali Wulff and Zachary R. Hart, tie for third.

"All of the students who participated did a fantastic job and represented Aurora well," said music teacher Eddie Nabring. "We thank the principals, superintendent and Board of Education for providing space and supplies for the event, and special thanks to the Aurora Orchestra Association for sponsoring it."

1994 class reunion set

The Aurora High School class of 1994 is seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion June 21. Classmates are encouraged to contact Jim Priscilla at auroraoh94@gmail.comif interested in participating.

Check honors list soon

Aurora High School has posted a list of 2014 honors diploma candidates on the guidance office window and by English and government classrooms, along with criteria required to qualify. Seniors anticipating receiving an honors diploma should check to make sure their names are on the list. Any questions should be referred to guidance counselor as soon as possible.

NEOMED considering

adding dental school

After 40 years of training physicians, then pharmacists and graduate students, Portage County's medical university is sinking its teeth into the possibility of training dentists

in the future.

Sergio Garcia, chief of staff at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, said NEOMED's board of trustees has been studying the possibility of adding oral health to the specialties offered there since September.

There are only two places in Ohio where potential dentists can study, a public program at Ohio State University, and a private program at Case Western Reserve. Only five of Northeast Ohio's 21 counties are at or above the national average ratio of patients to dentists.

Portage County, Garcia said, has 32 dentists per 100,000 residents -- about half the national average of 60 dentists per 100,000.

Garcia said NEOMED plans to do its "due diligence," studying the number of partnerships that would be available to dentists in training, the curriculum needs and how financially sustainable the school would be.

-- Diane Smith, Record-Courier

Good pupils revealed

Leighton School students "caught being good" last week were: Mason Smolen, third grade; Mitchell Copley, fourth; and Morgan Vaint, fifth.

Leighton School's annual parent volunteer appreciation luncheon will be May 22 at noon in the media center. Reservations are due by May 15.

Ohio Achievement Assessments testing will take place May 6 (reading for all students), May 7 (math for all students) and May 8 (fifth-grade science).

A talent show will tqake place April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Leighton, while Leighton's orchestra concert will be May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at AHS and a BOGO book fair will be May 15-16.