VETERANS HONORED B1 Veterans Service Commission President Howard Daugherty, right, presents Ralph Woodruff with military medals. Pacesetters to be honored Two well-known Clermont County residents and the county’s only university will be honored at this year’s Clermont Chamber of Commerce Pacesetter Dinner. The pacesetter dinner is designed to honor individuals, organizations and corporations that have contributed to the economic vitality of Clermont County and have a concern for the county and its residents. Full story, A3 Senior services ask to renew levy Meals on Wheels, adult day care, home care, medical transportation – these are all services seniors in Clermont County receive through Clermont Senior Services. When voters decide the fate of Issue 13 Nov. 8, these are the services that could be impacted. Full story, A3 COMMUNITY JOURNAL NORTH CLERMONT Your Community Press newspaper serving Goshen Township, Jackson Township, Newtonsville, Owensville, Stonelick Township, Wayne Township WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011 By Kellie Geist-May email@example.com STONELICK TWP. — A tearyeyed Neil Leist announced Oct. 17 that he would be leaving his post as the superintendent of the Clermont Northeastern Local School District. The decision came after Leist was offered a job as the superintendent of Eastern Local School District in Pike County, Ohio. Leist is from Beaver, which is in Pike County, and his parents still live there. “This has been an amazing district to work for and I am only leaving to go home to be with my family,” he said. “When we moved to Mt. Orab 10 years ago, it was so we could be with my daughters and my parents were in good health. Now (my parents’ health) is not so good and my daughters are older, so we’re moving back.” Leist’s last day will be Dec. 31. About 10 years ago, Leist was hired to be the assistant high school and middle school principal. He then moved to the middle school for the assistant principal position and later the elementary school principal. Five years ago, he took over as superintendent. Since then Leist has made his mark on CNE by improving the school’s rating on the Ohio report cards and building an administrative team that works together. “In the last five years, we’ve put a lot of energy putting an administrative team in place that will do what needs to be done and that will Contact The Press See page A2 for additional information Vol. 31 No. 39 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED focus on the area on instruction,” said Assistant Superintendent Wayne Johnson. “We’re working to connect the dots between buildings and create strands between grade levels to make sure the kids are being delivered what they need to do well. I think we’ve made improvements.” Leist also published “Superintendent Savings Strategies” about ways other districts, like CNE, can cut costs. Leist has been on local and national news broadcasts talking about the book and saving money at CNE. “He’s really been the pied piper of CNE and people around the state recognize us for a lot of positive reasons,” Johnson said. The school board held back tears as they accepted Leist’s letCNE Treasurer Brian Switzer, right, watches while Superintendent Neil Leist checks out his award. The school board and administration presented this award to Leist at the Business Partners Dinner to thank him for his years of service and contributions to CNE. Leist is resigning effective Dec. 31 to move home and take a job in Pike County. Collection time News ..........................248-8600 Retail advertising ..............768-8196 Classified advertising .........242-4000 Delivery ........................576-8240 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Leist is leaving CNE and going home Luke Baker In the next few days your Community Press carrier will be stopping by to collect $2.50 for delivery of The Community Journal. Your carrier retains half along with any tip you give to reward good service. This month we’re featuring Charles O’ Brien. Charles currently attends Live Oaks Vocational School, training in heavy equipment. He is a member of Family Child First board, is a Fast Trac Youth representative and is on the Clermont County Advisory Board. In the remainder of his time, Charles is busy delivering his Community Journal paper route in Amelia. For information, call Steve Barraco, 248-7110. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS CNE recognizes business partners By Kellie Geist-May firstname.lastname@example.org STONELICK TWP. — Seven local businesses and one volunteer were recognized at the Clermont Northeastern Business Partners Dinner Oct. 20. The dinner is a way for the district to thank and honor business leaders who are willing to work with the school, Superintendent Neil Leist said. These businesses have made donations to the school, partnered to offer assistance and job opportunities to students and more. Leist thanked the community for supporting what CNE is doing. He said more than 240 sent reservations for dinner. “That just outstanding for a community of this size and the number of businesses we have,” Leist said. “These partnerships have been one of the key elements in our not having to run a levy in this district and still … provide opportunities for the kids.” Ohio School Boards Association President-Elect Sharon Manson of Waverly, Ohio, said, “What you’ve done is amazing and we are hoping to share some of this with schools around the state.” Seven businesses were given OSBA Business Honor Roll certificates. Those businesses were Duke Energy, ITI, Melink, Mercy Hospital, McIntire Photography, Sheffer Corp. and Tata Consultancy Services. ITI also was given the Distinguished Business Partner Award and Sheffer was given the Corporate Education Partner Award. Long-time “Voice of the Rockets” volunteer Brian Adams was named volunteer of the year. Ad- ams passed away this summer and his family accepted the award on his behalf. The CNE volunteer of the year of award will now be called “The Brian Adams Volunteer Award.” “We appreciate all of our volunteers, but sometimes people come around who do more than volunteer. Brian was an amazing man and he lived volunteering heart and soul,” school board member Pattie Spencer said. Julie Adams, Brian’s wife, thanked the board and the community for the award. “I cannot tell you how overwhelmingly supportive the school and community have been … Brian saw the value of investing in our students,” she said. At the end of the program, the school board and administrative See BUSINESS, Page A2 Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween! CE-0000478184 AT WARDS CORNER 513-583-8900 520 Wards Corner Rd Loveland, OH 45140 50¢ www.allaboutkidslc.com/wardscorner No tricks just treats: enrollment incentives Call now or stop by for a tour! ter of resignation. “There’s a lot we could say. It’s been an honor to have Mr. Leist leading our district and I know that he has great things in his future,” school board President Jayne Mummert said. “Although we’d love to hold onto his ankles kicking and screaming, we’re supporting his decision because it’s the best thing for his family.” The school board appointed Johnson as the interim superintendent effective Jan. 1. The superintendent job will be posted internally for10 days and, if nocandidateishired,willbeadvertised outside the district. “No matter who we get, they’ll have a big set of shoes to fill. He’s a remarkable man,” board member Mike Freeman said. Historical marker knocked over By John Seney email@example.com WAYNE TWP. — A roadside historical marker that recognizes the significance of a pioneer trail through Clermont County was knocked over in an apparent attempt to steal it, possibly for its scrap metal value. The post holding the marker, at 6577 Ohio 133 near Edenton, was bent over sometime Oct. 13 or or Oct.14, said Pam Helton, who rents a home on the property. Thedamagewasreportedtothe Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, and deputies turned the information over to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Josh Wallace, Clermont County manager for ODOT, said state workers removed the marker from the damaged post. He said workers will install a new post and replace the marker. “Wewillputitbackupassoonas we can,” he said. In a report on the damage to the marker, Deputy Nicholas Crouch wrote the sign was made of metal, “and it is possible someone was trying to scrap it.” Ron Hill, president of the Clermont County Historical Society, said the marker was installed in 2000 as part of the county’s bicentennial celebration. “The signs were put up throughout the county,” he said. “Every township got at least one.” The marker commemorates the path of the Bullskin Trace, an old Indian and pioneer trail that ran through the county, Hill said. Paul Emery, who owns the property, said there also is a nearby stone monument marking the trail. That monument, built in the 1920s, was not disturbed by the people who bent the marker post, he said.