Author: Chad Williamson

If there wasn’t enough on the line with Marysville’s operating levy attempt in November, the district’s future is now also tied to a second issue on that same ballot. The Marysville Board of Education learned Thursday night that the fate of the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities (UCBDD) levy in November could have broad financial implications to the district, as the two entities partner to educate pre-school age special needs students. If the UCBDD levy fails, the Marysville District could be forced to provide millions of dollars of additional services. Many Marysville parents might not be aware the district…

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The smiling face of Jill Sements will not greet students, parents and staff at Marysville’s middle school in the fall. Sements is retiring after 40 years with the district, more than three decades of which was an office secretary at the middle school. A lifelong Marysville resident, she is shown above on one of her final days in the office with her Monarch themed teddy bear and Marysville pennant, which she got in high school. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) — Asked to reflect on her 40 years with the Marysville School District, Jill Sements said hasn’t done anything special.…

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For those of you that read Michael Williamson’s column last week, this might seem like a continuation. Michael wrote about overall corporate greed from the highest possible view, the angle that corporations are using the fog of inflation as a way to over-inflate prices with no real connection to the cost of production. He looked at the idea that companies will ramp up prices as high as possible and then, in the face of blowback, will act benevolent when rolling them back. I will be discussing corporate greed with a more grassroots approach. I will be looking at shrinkflation strictly…

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Marysville school officials got the ball rolling on creating a contingency plan should a levy attempt fail in November. A special meeting of the Marysville Board of Education Wednesday gave a glimpse at what the future cuts might look like if the district is forced to stretch its dollars beyond the next levy cycle. Contingency plans are not new to the district as it was forced to enact one last year after an 8.4-mill levy was soundly rejected by voters. In an effort to trim money from the annual budget, the board enacted a hiring freeze, eliminated pay for assistant…

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J-T Podcast tackles issue For a longer discussion about the elementary behavior problems being seen in the Marysville District, listen to Thursday’s episode of the Journal-Tribune Podcast. The podcast can be found on all popular streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts. — Behavior problems are exploding at elementary schools and the Marysville District is creating a new position in each building to help with the problem. Starting next school year, the district will hire five registered behavioral technicians to be both reactive and proactive with students who act out in class. Each elementary building will be assigned a technician…

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When finalizing a bell schedule to provide additional flexibility for the bussing program, Marysville School officials settled on one that favored families over peak functionality. Following months of meeting with a community task force one the issue, the Marysville Board of Education voted Thursday night to implement a plan that considered parental feedback collected from surveys and public meetings. “We needed to prioritize the experience of the students and the families,” Director of Operations Ryan Walker told the board. A mid-year bell schedule change, coupled with success in bus driver recruitment, helped alleviate habitually late bus routes throughout the district.…

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The Marysville School District is forming a pair of parent groups that will help shape the future for local students. The district recently sent invitations to local parents to volunteer for the Parent Council and the Facilities Planning Community Task Force. The Parent Council will look at academic, school and community topics. District officials hope to secure 15 members, five each representing grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. The parent group will meet quarterly, in September, December, February and April. Marysville Superintendent Diane Allen said there has been a strong response to the call for volunteers. “We have about 130 people…

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As a person who is wider than most, I am pretty aware of my body and its proximity to others. I will wait and hold a door open rather than trying to hustle through to beat another person to the threshold. In a narrow hallway, I will turn sideways and back against the wall as another person passes. I pinch in my shoulders on airplane seats so as not to spill over into another person’s space. In the gym, I look around to ensure I’m not going to wallop anyone while lifting weights. I’m exceedingly careful maneuvering through crowds so…

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The Marysville Board of Education honored the district’s Good Apple Award recipients recently. Staff in each building nominate an individual who supports operations in various ways. Those honored were, from left to right, in the front row: Kaye Howard, Tri-Academy; Mina Miller, Navin Elementary; Sarah Reichard, Northwood Elementary; Tracy Koski, Bunsold Middle School; Tiffany Wood, Marysville High School; Kassandra Bach, Edgewood Elementary; Erin Abele, Raymond Elementary; Leigh Ann Shepherd, board office; Nikki Hauenstein, Mill Valley Elementary; and Krista Fairchild, Creekview Elementary. In the back row, from left, are board of education members, Nan Savidge, Matt Keller, Jermaine Ferguson, Bill Keck…

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With offerings like Cowboy Quesadillas and Beef and Noodle Sundaes, the food available to Marysville students today is very different from what was offered to their parents. That is a good thing for taste buds and the bottom line, according to Marysville Director of Food and Nutrition Lorie Pennington. She explained the complexities of running the districts breakfast and lunch program to the board of education Thursday night. Better food, better training and better tracking of ingredients were all on the menu in the three years she has led the district food operations. Pennington said the lunch purchases are running…

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the state of politics in America, even at the state and local levels. The political fabric of this country is torn. The machine is broken and somehow it keeps spiraling farther and farther away from a representative government of the people. Let’s be completely honest, it has been a long time since members of Congress could be considered common citizens, though that was the original idea. Sure, the founders of our government weren’t poor, but what set them apart from the common man was intelligence and vision for the future of America. They…

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For the second time in two years a Marysville teacher has been asked to sign a last chance agreement with the district following allegations of inappropriate interactions with female students. At a recent Marysville Board of Education meeting the agreement with Chad Sines, a middle school math teacher and former football coach with 16 years of experience in the district, was approved. The move comes a year after a high school teacher in the district, Scott Hamilton, signed a similar agreement, ultimately leaving the district when additional allegations surfaced. A letter in Sines’ personnel file showed that he was placed…

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Newly hired Navin Elementary Principal Katie Van Schoyck brings a message of hope to the district. The former elementary principal from the Groveport-Madison School District was approved by the Marysville Board of Education Thursday night to replace Lynette Lewis who will retire at the end of the school year. “I’ve really been thinking about hope as I’ve been working with our students the past few weeks,” Van Schoyck told the board Thursday after her hiring. She described sitting in recently on a meeting with a local family of a student dealing with autism, a situation that can prove overwhelming to…

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The Marysville Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to put a 5.5-mill, 10-year emergency operating levy before voters in November. Discussion on the topic focused on two key areas – how much money would be needed to properly educate students versus what number people would vote to approve. In the early stages of the meeting, officials were discussing a 4.9-mill property tax. District Treasurer Todd Johnson said comments within the community had indicated that no levy above 5 mills would be supported. Board member Nan Savidge echoed those sentiments, saying the idea was especially prevalent among older voters. Board…

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