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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vol. 16, Issue 28

Springboro’s community news leader

Local News Lolli announces resignation

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By DOUG SKINNER Editor SPRINGBORO — After about two years on the job, Gene Lolli has announced his resignation as superintendent of the Springboro Community City Schools at the end of the current academic year. “This is something I had been contemplating for quite some time,” Lolli said. Sometimes, when boards of education change, they have a whole set of different philosophies and agendas that might not match that of the superintendent’s. So sometimes it is just better to part ways. Lolli, who said he made his decision last week, said he had some differences with the board. “on some issues there have been differences of opinions, but sometimes it is like that and you try to work together for the betterment of students.” He said he is happy that he had “the opportunity of having worked with outstanding people every day. Springboro Schools is fortunate and blessed to have very competent people at central office and an outstanding teaching staff throughout the system. I will also miss the quality students and the phenomenal parents that we have here in Springboro.” “Of course this is difficult news for

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Beauty and the Beast Jr. slated DAYTON — Enjoy a free evening of entertainment for the entire family when the South Dayton Presbyterian Church Youth DramaTeam presents the play Beauty & the Beast, Jr. in two separate performances. The first performance will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday,April 15 at the Centerville High SchoolTheater, 500 E. Franklin St. in Centerville. The next one will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the Van Buren Middle School Theater, 3775 Shroyer Road in Kettering. Both performances are free, but tickets must be reserved by calling 937-433-1022 to guarantee seating.

Free tax preparations available SPRINGBORO — Free tax preparation by AARP Taxaide Volunteers is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays through April 13 at the Springboro Library Branch, 125 Park Lane. Appointments are required. Call 937-748-3200 to make a reservation.

Deaths Timothy J. Armstrong Marjorie E. Arnold Anne T. Konicki Thomas E. Lamb Jr. Denise Ollberding Quentin D. Winkler Sallie L. Nickell James M. Weber Billie L. Wright

Gene Lolli our district,” said Scott Anderson, board of education president. “Gene is highly regarded throughout our schools. As we take in this news, we can’t help but reflect on his outstanding record in Springboro. He joined us at the high school and rose to the superintendent’s position in the midst of challenging times. That high school was named a National Blue Ribbon School, our district regained its top ranking from the state, our teachers and staff agreed to contracts last year, and our budget went

from a deficit to a surplus. We have outstanding people here and the credit can and should be shared with many, but Gene certainly deserves our thanks for his leadership and a job well done.” Lolli “has done a lot for this district and I’m sorry to see him leave. It’s not my wish that he leave, but I respect that he needs to do what he feels is best for himself and his family,” board member David Petroni said. Board member Jim Rigano praised Lolli, saying he “has done a lot for this district and I’m sorry to see him leave. It’s not my wish that he leave, but I respect that he needs to do what he feels is best for himself and his family.” When Lolli took the superintendent’s job, “he stepped right into a difficult situation and in the middle of a levy campaign,” Rigano said. “After that levy failed, he took a hard look at the budget and the assumptions behind it, listened to what some of us had said about those assumptions, and he turned that $30 million deficit into a $6 million surplus. I am grateful that he has been willing to look at things in a different way and in a new light. He has my respect and admiration for that. Everyone in our community should be appreciative and thankful for the service Gene Lolli has provided.” Rigano said he is “unaware of the differences Mr. Lolli may be referring to

and can’t speak on his behalf about them.” The board “will continue to focus on its goals, including maintaining a balanced budget and ensuring academic excellence for students across the district,” Rigano said. “In May we’ll release a new budget forecast that’s being built from the bottom up. Teachers are being given the opportunity to identify what they need to ensure a quality education for our students. That’s something new for our school district.” Lolli began his career in education in 1990 as a teacher for the Middletown City Schools. He became a principal in northeast Ohio in 1994 serving at Field Local Schools, Stow High School and Hudson High School. He was named assistant principal at Springboro High school in 2008. In June of 2010, he was named interim superintendent for Springboro, and he was hired as superintendent in November 2010 He received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton. He also holds a principal’s licensure from Kent State University and a superintendent’s licensure from the University of Akron. Lolli said he plans to “perhaps looking at going back to being a high school principal.”

MS Walk set for April 21 in Kettering DAYTON — The 2012 Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society MS Walks will be held on Saturday, April 21 in nine communities across southwest Ohio. Walks will be held in Kettering, Springfield, Troy, Sidney, Liberty Township and Oxford. The Dayton Walk is being held at Kettering Middle School, 3000 Glengarry Drive in Kettering. Walker check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. One mile or three-mile courses for walkers of all levels begins at 9 a.m. By participating in the MS Walk, people are supporting programs, services and research sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To register for the walk or to obtain more information about the event, visit or call (800) 344-4867.

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Cross Walk held in Springboro The Springboro Council of Churches recently hosted the annual community Cross Walk to commemorate the Lord’s walk with His cross as He went to be crucified. The event started at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 415 N. Main St., just behind the Main Street Deli, and concluded at the United Church of Christ, 5 W. Mill St. Several brief stops were made for Scripture reading and prayer. After the walk, participants were offered the opportunity to pound a nail into a life-size wooden cross as an act of contrition.

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UD Jazz Band visits Dennis SPRINGBORO — The University of Dayton Jazz Band recently performed two programs for the students of Dennis Elementary in Springboro. When the Dennis PTO awarded the music teachers’ request to fund the band’s visit for the fourth and fifth grade, James Leslie, UD Jazz Band’s faculty director, suggested that the band perform for all of the

school’s 1,200 students at the same cost. Bringing the concert to the students fulfills major benchmarks in the Ohio Content Standards for Music: to attend a live performance, to understand and demonstrate audience etiquette and to reflect on music performance. These benchmarks are difficult to meet without community performers, grants and

field trips. Bringing this performance to the school allowed 1200 students to experience a live musical performance in a specialized genre of music. The 19 UD students in the ensemble also gained valuable experience performing in a school setting, and many of those students may eventually find careers in performance or music education.

This first grader brought the UD Marching Band hat that her grandparents wore in the band more than 40 years ago.

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