Here are school hours
School day hours at all of Aurora's buildings this year are as follows: Aurora High, 7:40 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.; Harmon, 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Leighton 9:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Craddock, 8:55 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.; and Miller, all-day kindergarten from 9:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; morning from 8:55 to 11:40 a.m. and afternoon kindergarten from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m.
Band show is Sept. 10
Thunder Over Aurora, a marching band spectacular, is planned for Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at Aurora's Veterans Stadium.
Aurora High will host five guest bands -- Bedford, North Olmsted, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, Orville and Streetsboro.
Tickets will cost $6 presale and $8 at the gate. Tickets and event T-shirts can be ordered online at www.aurorabands.com or purchased at Mazzulo's Market and from Aurora High band members. Today (Aug. 24) is the deadline for pre-orders.
Checks must be made out to the Aurora Band Boosters. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim band director
is hired at Streetsboro
With the cafeteria of Henry Defer Intermediate School overflowing with people and news crews, the Streetsboro Board of Education unanimously voted to hire a long-term substitute teacher to restart the band program at the high school.
The program had been halted for about a week after alleged hazing incidents during the band's summer camp trip.
The crowd included many band members and parents, mostly in support of band director Gretchen Weaver and assistant director Shane Ellsworth, who are on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the alleged hazing incidents.
The board hired Scott Curfman at a rate of "$190 a day, as needed." Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said Curfman has a long career working with bands in the area.
"He has 27 years as a band director," Daulbaugh said. "Most recently, he was the head of bands at KSU for 8 1/2 years, where he was head of all bands."
Daulbaugh said there were allegations made that two students identified as poor swimmers by armbands were pushed into a lake.
The Streetsboro band is scheduled to participate in the Thunder Over Aurora band show Sept. 10 in Aurora.
-- Bob Gaetjens, Gateway News
Happy Day to remain
open, DD board vows
The Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities has declared it will continue to operate Happy Day School, and communicate better, all in reaction to concerns raised in recent months from parents and superintendents of local school districts.
The board passed a resolution at its regular board meeting Aug. 17 to continue to operate the school for students with significant medical and behavioral needs.
Cheri Michael, Board of DD president, read a statement agreed on by all seven board members at the start of the meeting.
Michael said there are no plans to close the school, which will continue to operate with three classrooms and accept new students, "where there are vacancies, who fit in the 60-month age range of those classrooms, as required by State of Ohio law. We have operated with three classrooms since 2006."
Michael said the board also will continue to work with the task force consisting of representatives of public school superintendents, parents, educational service centers' staff and Board of DD members.
Portage County commissioners have offered to arrange for a mediator to facilitate the task force's discussions.
-- Mike Sever, Record-Courier
Final open house set
Harmon School's eighth-grade open house for parents will be Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Open houses for sixth and seventh grades took place last week.
The open houses give parents the opportunity to tour the building, follow their student's class schedule, meet the teachers and gain valuable information for the coming school year.
School pictures for ninth to 11th grades will be taken Aug. 31. Picture forms were handed out during first periods, and order forms are also available in the office.
Coed soccer is offered
A recreation coed soccer program for students in grades 6 to 8 at Harmon School is being offered by the city's parks and recreation department this fall. It runs from Aug. 29 to Oct. 22. Anyone who would like further information should call the parks and rec office at 330-562-4333 or sign up in the Harmon office.
Activities are planned
Photos of students at Aurora High School will be taken throughout the day Aug. 31.
The fist parents communication forum of the year will be Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. at AHS.
Craddock Getting to Know You Days are Sept. 2 and 6.