KSU tuition likely

will remain same

Unless something changes when the Ohio legislature approves the next bicentennial budget, tuition at Kent State University will remain the same this fall as it was for the spring semester.

KSU trustees last week approved a faculty buyout plan and voted to keep tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state students at the current level of $5,006.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich submitted a budget proposal that called for tuition and mandatory fees to remain frozen at Ohio's public two- and four-year universities and colleges.

The budget is being debated in the Senate, and the House and Senate must pass the budget bill by July 1. The House gave universities and colleges the choice to continue with a tuition freeze or boost tuition and then lock it in so incoming freshmen would see no change over their four years of studies.

Meanwhile, the buyout plan is expected to cost KSU $6.9 million, but generate $18.6 million in wage and benefit savings. The goal is to replace those who leave, plus add about 30 research-focused, tenure-rack faculty over an eight-year period.

-- Bob Gaetjens, Record-Courier

School hours told

The Aurora Board of Education offices will be closed on Fridays through July 28. Hours from Mondays to Thursdays will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. If registration is needed on a Friday when the office is closed, call 330-954-2137 to make arrangements.

Aurora High offices will be open Mondays to Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer, but will be closed Fridays from June 23 to July 29, while Harmon School's hours are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., but closed in the month of July.

Leighton and Craddock schools will be open Mondays to Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., but closed during the month of July, and Miller School will be open Mondays to Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., through June 22, and then closed through the end of July.

See more at www.aurora-schools.org/News/54805#sthash.drflphOq.dpuf

Sign up for sports

FinalForms registration for all 2017-18 sports teams in the Aurora schools is now open at www.aurora-oh.finalforms.com/ Students must have a current sports physical for fall to be able to tryout, practice or participate. Students who get a new physical over the summer should drop it off at the high school (enter Door 8 by the athletic office). Aurora High and Harmon School offer a variety of sports during the school year.

Get summer info

This summer, Craddock School students can be Blue Ribbon readers by completing a summer reading journal to track the number of minutes they spend reading or being read to.

They should 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 Sept. 14.

Blue Ribbon reader information, as well as details about third-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade summer reading projects and the fifth-grade summer math autobiography project is available by visiting the school district's website at www.aurora-schools.org.

PTOs will benefit

Aurora residents are reminded to continue to save boxtops over the summer to benefit the Aurora schools. There will be contests in the fall, as well as throughout the year. Also, residents should re-register their Heinen's Preferred Member Cards in the fall to support the PTOs.

AHS's band active

In preparation for marching in Aurora's July 4 parade, the Aurora High band will rehearse June 29-30 and July 3 at 6 p.m. The parade will begin July 4 at 11 a.m., with assembly at Barrington Town Square.

The band's annual camp will be July 23-29 at Temple Grove Campground in Transfer, Pa. In addition to working on marching and playing skills, the band will have several evening activities, including ice breakers, throw back games, eating hot dogs around a campfire, stupid human tricks, skits, competitive games pitting all classes against each other and a dance.

Eddie Nabring is the band director. For more information about band camp and other coming activities, visit www.AuroraBands.com.