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HILLTOP PRESS Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013 75¢ BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Back to school bells ringing in local classrooms SERVING OTHERS By Jennie Key Teachers, parents and students are all getting ready for summer vacation to come to a close and classes to begin in area schools. Local stores are filled with school supplies and lists from schools in the community and parents are helping students be ready for the first day of school for the 2013-14 school year. Classes begin for students in the Mount Healthy City School District on Thursday, Aug. 22, and open houses are set for all three of the district’s school buildings. Ohio Academic Achievement test results will be distributed at the open. OAA results unclaimed at the open houses will be sent home with students once classes begin. Open house at Mount Healthy North and Mount Healthy South elementary schools will be on Monday, Aug. 19. Open house for parents of prekindergarten through thirdgrade students will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and parents of students in grade four through six should attend fro 6:30 to 7 p.m. Open house at Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20. A new year brings new programs and expectations for the coming school year. At the elementary level, Handler says physical education will be reinstated. Handler says the state’s body mass index and Mount Healthy South Elementary School teacher Holly Miller is getting her preschool classroom ready for students. Her 11-year-old son Luke helps her fill the prize box she uses to reward good behavior during the school year. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS obesity initiatives and testing around physical education are the main reason the program is coming back, but she is glad to do it. “I am a firm believer that these little people need to get up and get out during the school day,” Handler said. “And they learn about competition and team work in this program as well. It is hard for them to sit all day and only move around at recess.” Mount Healthy is bringing back all-day kindergarten when school begins. The district dropped full-day kindergarten because of budget shortfalls and levy losses. Superintendent Lori Handler says the district is bringing back the all-day kindergarten program because of the third grade reading guarantee. Students who do not pass a third- Springfield Township resident Kathy Blum, a physical education teacher, demonstrates the proper stance to kindergartner Ayla Daoud, 5, at an annual tennis camp at Cincinnati Country Day School. Blum provides instruction on basic strokes, getting familiar with the court and the rules of tennis. See BELLS, Page A2 FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Economic development moves into shade of Sunshine Law Lawmakers add it to topics for executive session discussion Community Press staff report An amendment to the state’s budget bill put economic development in the shade when it comes to Ohio’s Sunshine Law. There were a number of laws and rule changes tucked in among the funds for schools and public improvements in Senate Bill 59. One additional provision of the bill amended Ohio’s Open Records and Open Meetings laws, collectively known as the ENVISIONING SUCCESS B1 Clovernook Center celebrating 110 years. Brehm Fitzgerald Sunshine Laws, to allow working on deals with business for economic development to the list of reasons local governments can meet behind closed doors. The amendment extends ORC 121.22, which allows the state to discuss economic development details in executive session, to local governments such as villages, cities and townships. Hartman Honerlaw Executive session meetings are permitted for a number of reasons, such as discussion of pending or imminent lawsuits or the hiring or discipline of a public employee. The executive sessions only allow for discussion. Ohio law requires any vote resulting from discussion during an executive session must occur during the portion of the public RITA’S KITCHEN Rita shares dilly beans, reader 7-Up cake recipes. See page B3 meeting. Springfield Township Trustee Joe Honerlaw said that the provision will help them continue to redevelop the township. “We as a township are undoubtedly dependent on redevelopment projects in order to continue our mission of moving this community forward and making it sustainable into the future,” he said. “This change in the law will enable us to allow these critical redevelopment projects to happen without negatively influencing the process by releasing details of tentative property acquisitions too soon.” Not everyone is a fan of expanding executive sessions. Curt Hartman, an attorney Contact The Press News .........................923-3111 Retail advertising ............768-8404 Classified advertising ........242-4000 Delivery ......................853-6263 whose practice includes government accountability and is a former trustee in Pierce Township, said that while the Ohio Municipal League and the Ohio Township Association supported the change, he thought it was unnecessary. “There was no reason to do this,” he said. “When has an economic development opportunity been lost because this was not in place? Supporters could not point to a single situation. It’s all theoretical. ” Hartman said Cincinnati is not permitted to have executive sessions per its charter, making this not applicable to the city’s See SHADE, Page A2 Vol. 76 No. 25 © 2013 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED See page A2 for additional information NOW AVAILABLE! 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