Lambacher gets bike

for tenure at Leighton

Leighton School Principal Dana Lambacher was presented a bicycle from the staff of Leighton and Aurora Elementary PTO at an assembly marking her retirement.

Lambacher's position is being assumed by former Harmon School Assistant Principal Paul Goodwin.

On March 17, the Aurora Board of Education accepted Lambacher's resignation and named Goodwin as her successor. Lambacher's last day will be July 31, which is when Goodwin will begin his new job. A successor to Goodwin has not yet been named.

Superintendent Russ Bennett said during Lambacher's four years as Leighton principal, she "personally invested all her energy working with the staff and students to insure their educational experience was outstanding."

Lambacher has been an educator for more than 30 years as a preschool teacher, preschool director, elementary teacher and administrator for the last 13 years.

"My husband has been retired for several years and waiting for me to take the leap so we can travel, bike, golf and enjoy our grandchildren," Lambacher said.

"The Aurora community, families, students and staff can be credited with the many successes at Leighton School. It is a family, and I will miss this wonderful family."

Reading info available

Leighton School's fourth- and fifth-grade students who have received their report cards should have found their summer reading bookmarks enclosed. This is their summer reading requirement, and it will be their first language arts grade in the fall. The bookmarks also can be found by visiting the district's website at

Summer hours noted

Local residents are reminded of the summer hours for the Aurora Board of Education offices and the district's schools. They are as follows:

School Board office -- Mondays to Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3p.m. until Aug. 1; Aurora High and Harmon -- weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed in July); Leighton, Miller and Craddock -- Mondays to Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed in July).

Reading encouraged

This summer, Craddock School students can be Blue Ribbon Readers. All they have to do is complete a summer reading journal to track the number of minutes spent reading or being read to. Bring the completed journal back to school in the fall and receive a Blue Ribbon Reader Award and a special invitation to attend an Exclusive Blue Ribbon Reader event. For Blue Ribbon Reader incentive program information and forms, visit the district's website at and go to "Craddock School."

Chema to step down

on June 30 at Hiram

On June 30, Hiram College President Thomas Chema plans to attend a board meeting, shake some hands on campus, then get into his car and head back to his home in Westlake.

It will be his final day as president after 11 years on the job, but he told Record-Courier editors and reporters last week that it's not the last Hiram College will see of him.

"Of course I want to be involved, but from a real distance," he said. "I don't want to get in the way of my successor, but I've got all kinds of things I think we should do."

The Hiram College board of trustees named Chema president emeritus, and he said he intends to keep his eyes and hands on some of the projects he brought about during his tenure.

"There's good stuff to be done, so I hope I've set in motion things that people will decide are worthwhile and will figure out where we can get the money and do some of these things that I believe are still very much positive opportunities for Hiram."

Chema said he's proud of the roughly $55 million worth of building projects he's overseen.

-- Dan Pompili, Record-Courier

Supplies sale goes on

The Aurora schools' PTO is sponsoring a sale of prepackaged school supplies for the 2014-15 school year. It runs until July 2, and online ordering is available.

For details and contact ifo, visit the schools' website at Pricing excludes some items, and prices will change if the order is customized.

4 field trips approved

At its June 23 meeting, the Auroa Board of Education approved out-of-state and/or overnight field trips to Washington, D.C. for eighth-graders on Oct. 22-24, Mason for cheerleaders June 23-26, Columbus for the basketball team June 13-14 and Ann Arbor, Mich. for the volleyball team July 10-12.