Schools, Westerville

Phlebotomy Lab Introduces High School Students To Real-World Skills

25 Mar , 2021  

The students in Westerville’s Principles of Biomedical Science classes have gotten a glimpse of what happens in a doctor’s office, from learning how to get a patient’s medical history to understanding the various routine exams that can be administered.

This week, they took a deeper dive into the unit through a new lab that involved handling a syringe for the first time.

Students in Autumn McCormick’s class at Westerville Central High School and Brooke Cochran’s class at Westerville North High School learned how to withdraw blood using the same medical equipment phlebotomists train on — a synthetic arm with veins that contain solution that simulates blood. More…


Poroda Named DACC Superintendent

20 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) Board of Education voted on Thursday evening to selected Jay Poroda as the school’s new Superintendent.

In an announcement on the school’s website and social media, Board President Ted Backus shared the following announcement: More…

Life in Delaware County, Schools

COVID-19 Updates: State And Local

19 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware and State of Ohio

Information released on Wednesday and Thursday provides an updated picture of the current state of the pandemic across the Buckeye State and here in Delaware County.


Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s statewide case rate stands at 143.8 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks. When Ohio reaches 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, all health orders will be lifted. More…

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Life in Delaware County, Schools

Bill Allowing Ohio Schools More Time For Spring Tests Passes

18 Mar , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of learning upended by the pandemic, Ohio students would have extra time to take state-mandated tests under an emergency measure passed unanimously Wednesday by the Ohio House.

The GOP-controlled Senate approved some final changes to the school measure before sending it back to the House where it passed in a rare 92-to-0 vote days before the testing windows begin.

“I support any flexibility we can give to schools as we continue to address the pandemic’s impact on the students and families they serve,” Democratic Sen. Teresa Fedor said in a statement after the bill’s passage. More…

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OSU Plans For Reactivated Campuses in 2021-2022

7 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio State University announced this week that planning is underway for a reactivation of its campuses this fall to offer safe and robust in-person experiences significantly expanded from current restrictions.

Continuing to follow all appropriate measures to protect the health and well-being of the community, and with the partnership and approval of local, state and federal health authorities, the university’s plans will include increasing:

  • In-person teaching, learning and student activities
  • Students in the residence halls
  • Staff working on campus
  • In-person campus services and events
  • Fans in attendance at Ohio State football games and other athletic competitions




ECOT Argues School Board’s Say Isn’t Final In Ohio Supreme Court Repayment Lawsuit

4 Mar , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Arguments about the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow have been going in multiple legal filings, and the latest debate is in the Ohio Supreme Court, who has been tasked with how to interpret the word “final.”

ECOT is fighting a decision by the Ohio Department of Education that said it owed about $80 million over two school years when it was found that enrollment numbers were inflated and the online school system was overfunded.

The Ohio Supreme Court listened to arguments Tuesday debating whether or not ECOT should be allowed to appeal the decision of the state DOE, in which they approved a report and recommendation which authorized the ODE to begin taking funding back from ECOT in order to recoup lost money. More…



Tickets Being Sold For Little Women: The Broadway Musical

3 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

UPDATED — March 4 — See below

Later this month, the Delaware Hayes Thespians are presenting a streaming, on demand production of Little Women: The Broadway Musical to a computer screen near you.

The original Broadway production opened in 2005 before opening on a large-scale US tour of 30 cities. The original cast included well-known actress Maureen Stapleton and, as the main character Jo March, actress Sutton Foster.

The musical closely follows the iconic book written by Louisa May Alcott. More…

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As School COVID Cases Decrease Statewide, Delaware County’s Do As Well

27 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Ohio is seeing a marked reduction in the number of new infections of COVID-19 being reported by the state’s schools.

At the same time, even considering an apparent cluster taking place among students at Olentangy Local Schools, Delaware County numbers are falling as well.

The numbers shared on Thursday for infections across Ohio showed 847 new cases, which represents the smallest increase since October. This brings the total infection number for Ohio schools to 60,954.

The biggest weekly increase since the State of Ohio began sharing those numbers wsa recorded just a month and a half ago, on January 14. Then, some 6,535 students and staff had new caes of COVID-19. More…

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Schools, Sunbury

Take A Video Tour Of A Really Big Big Walnut

19 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

This week, Big Walnut Local Schools shared a video which takes viewers on a trip through the inside of the new Big Walnut High School, under construction on land off of Kintner Avenue in Sunbury.

The building is adjacent to the new Prairie Run Elementary, which is now up and running. Both projects were made possible by voter approval of a bond issue in November 2017. At the time, the projected cost of the new high school facility was set at $87 million.

The new Big Walnut High School will occupy 325,000 square feet of space and will relieve overcrowding at the District’s current building. More…

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Westerville City Schools Recognized For Adherence To Ohio’s Public Records Laws

13 Feb , 2021  

Westerville City Schools has received the highest rating in Auditor of State Keith Faber’s new approach to monitoring transparency in government and measuring compliance to Ohio’s open records laws.

The Star Rating System (StaRS), which was launched last year, encourages public entities to be more open and transparent to those they serve by implementing identified best practices.

According to the Ohio Auditor, “The StaRS will reflect a rating for each public office, i.e. a public entity such as a county, for every audit period ending December 31, 2019 or after, which not only measures compliance with Sunshine Laws, but also encourages public entities to be more open and transparent with the citizens they serve through implementation of identified best practices.” More…



Rate Of Reported Delaware County Schools COVID Cases Remains Level

6 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The number of students and staff reported by Delaware County schools as having new infections of COVID-19 was almost exactly the same as the week before, according to numbers released on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.

Last week, those figures showed a total of 60 students and 24staff, for a grand total of 84. On the previous Thursday, that same total stood at 129.

The largest number of infections came from the district with the largest enrollment, Olentangy Local Schools. More…

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Two Delaware Schools To Receive Purple Star Award

30 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio Department of Education has announced that 31 Ohio schools will receive the coveted Purple Star Award this school year.

Two of those schools are in the Delaware City School DistrictWoodward Elementary and Dempsey Middle School.

The Purple Star designation recognizes schools that demonstrate a significant commitment to serving students and families connected to the United States armed forces. The list of new statewide awardees is available on the Ohio Department of Education’s Purple Star School webpage. More…