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  • Superintendent finalists visit

    Three school superintendent candidates will visit the village next week, and the community is invited to hear from them, ask questions and get involved in choosing at meetings, Mon.–Wed., April 5–7, from 5:40 to 7:15 p.m.

  • Schools hire new treasurer

    Yellow Springs Board of Education members unanimously voted to approve the hiring of a new treasurer for the Yellow Springs schools at the board’s March 11 meeting. Dawn Weller will begin service to the district on April 5, 2010, at an annual salary of $99,700 on a three-year contract. Weller comes to the district after 13 years as treasurer of the Greenon Local School District in Enon.

  • Fairy tale-come-true for YSHS playwright contest winners

    Yellow Springs High School students wrote two out of six winning plays at a recent regional high school playwriting competition. Pictured are, from left, Stefany Lewis, Shirlisa Scott and Philip Kellogg, with teacher Desireé Nickell in back. Their pieces will be performed in the Schuster Center’s Matile Black Box Theatre this weekend, March 5, 6, and 7 at 7 pm.

    What happens when Yellow Springs High School students are challenged to spin a new yarn from urban legends and fairy tales? The result, according to organizers of a regional high school playwriting challenge, is vivid characters that dare to leap out of insightful and witty scripts up and onto the stage.

  • Achievement gap complex, but true

    When Joyce McCurdy accepted a teaching position in the Yellow Springs School District, there was a black chief of police, a black member of Council, and a black member of school board. The principal of the high school was black, and three of McCurdy’s colleagues were also black — and actively involved in the social issues of the day. The year was 1965.

  • Superintendent search process moves forward

    A significant outreach effort to find outstanding candidates for the position of Yellow Springs school superintendent is currently taking place, according to the leaders of the Yellow Springs school board at the board’s Feb. 11 meeting.

  • One-acts take fairy tale leap

    The annual Yellow Springs High School One-Act Plays are upon us again, this year led predominantly by members of the junior class. The plays this year include everything from awkward situations to a not-so-super hero, mixed up fairy tales, a mad scientist, blind dates, Power Rangers, war stories and a French-teaching superman. Even with new guidelines put into place by the students themselves, the one-acts are sure to be as good as ever.

  • Group’s goal is music for life

    Part of the village’s strong arts identity lies in the depth and breadth of its musical heritage. Now, a group of parents, community members and teachers have organized to ensure this strong musical tradition — and the skills that ground it — carry forward through further generations.

  • Math initiative adds students

    To clarify what administrators fear might be villagers’ misperceptions regarding math performance at Yellow Springs High School and McKinney School, Principal John Gudgel and Interim Superintendent Tony Armocida presented information on the district’s five-year-old math initiative at the Nov. 12 school board meeting.

  • New leaders guide critical shift for village schools

    A narrow victory for new Yellow Springs Board of Education leaders at the board’s Jan. 14 organizational meeting reflects a deep division among board members about how best to address the significant challenges facing the board.

  • Sweep of school leadership discussed

    At the regular Dec. 10 school board meeting, board members considered the attributes they will seek in their upcoming search to hire several top administrators. At that meeting, longtime Yellow Springs High School Principal John Gudgel officially announced his retirement at the end of this school year, and 10-year District Treasurer Joy Kitzmiller, who has accepted a position with Cedar Cliff schools, announced her resignation. Kitzmiller will also stay until the end of the year.

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