University Heights’ finances looking better after city takes in additional $461,000 in CARES Act money

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — Although it is uncertain what lies ahead, the city’s finances are looking a lot better these days after University Heights recently received an additional $461,000 in federal CARES Act money to help it deal with COVID-related expenses.


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Gov. Mike DeWine, by signing into law House Bill 614 Oct. 1 allowed for the distribution of an additional $650 million to local governments across Ohio, bringing the total of money distributed to Ohio governments to $1.2 billion. The added $461,000 means that University Heights has now received just over $1.1 million in relief money.

“At first, we didn’t know if we’d get any (CARES Act) money,” said Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. But, now that the city has been granted the money, Brennan, in his report at the start of Monday’s (Oct. 5) City Council meeting, told of how the aid has significantly closed the gap on what was once a projected $2-million deficit the city faced.

With the added funding, Brennan also plans to pay city employees money they had to forego by working four-day weeks over the course of 20 weeks, beginning in June. Brennan announced at the council meeting that the furloughs, that were to carry on until Oct. 31, were ending earlier than planned.

Initially, when faced with a possible $2-million shortfall, the administration and council worked to reduce the city’s spending by about $1 million. The reduction was made, among other things, by putting off this year’s road repair program, instituting the furloughs, and, due to the pandemic, not having to spend money on opening the city’s pools or in programming summer activities.

“While tax revenues remain down from this point last year,” Brennan reported to council, “for everything we have been through, we are down just 1 percent from this time


Fairfield City Schools fills vacancy on board of education

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FAIRFIELD – The business development manager for First Financial Bank will be appointed to the Fairfield Board of Education Thursday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Scott Clark

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Scott Clark was one of six applicants to fill the unexpired term of Carrie O’Neal, who resigned her seat because she was moving to Hamilton. He will have to run in November 2021 to finish O’Neal’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2023.

“The board of education is eager to begin to work with Scott. He brings vast leadership experience from a variety of Fairfield community organizations,’’ said board President Michael Berding.

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Clark serves as the president of the Rotary Club of Fairfield, is a member of the district’s Business Advisory Council and vice president of both non-profits Dougie & Rays’s and the Fairfield Prevention Coalition.

“For me, it’s all about the kids. We have a great district with excellent leadership,” Clark said.

“I am honored to work alongside the other board members and with Superintendent Billy Smith and his team. I just want to serve this district and do what’s best for kids.”

A resident of Fairfield for the past 17 years, Clark and his wife, Lori, have three children attending Fairfield schools.

“Scott’s extensive volunteer work with our students shows his passion for helping children from all backgrounds,” Berding said.

“Scott is a person with great integrity and is well-respected in the Fairfield and Fairfield Township communities. He is very intelligent and he should have no problem getting up to speed on all the items the board is currently working on.”

Following the vote selecting him for the board, Clark will be sworn into office and take his seat on the board. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., in


Williams, Temprano, Quick, Hurabiell for S.F. City College Board

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Running for the City College of San Francisco board is the local political equivalent of volunteering for the infantry. In fact, half the trustees who could have run for re-election this fall thought better of it and opted to spend more time with their families.

It’s no wonder. Even after emerging from an existential accreditation crisis, this institution, vital to the city’s education access and economic mobility, is a basket case by any reasonable standard. It’s hemorrhaging money, beset by physical and technological deficiencies, searching for yet another top executive to succeed a long line of short-lived chancellors, and back on the accreditation watch list. Even before the pandemic, the board was facing the daunting prospect of cutting costs and taking other unpopular steps to right the college’s finances over the objections of faculty, students and other interest groups.

The challenges facing City College call for both continuity of board members who have shown the mettle to make tough decisions and newcomers with the financial acumen to identify and address problems.

The incumbents on the ballot, President Shanell Williams and Vice President Tom Temprano, fit the bill. They have been willing to make painful but necessary moves, such as closing the money-draining campus at Fort Mason.

In a candidate forum with our editorial board, two challengers stood out for their fiscal savvy: Marie Hurabiell, vice chair of the Presidio Trust Board and member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents; and Jeanette Quick, an attorney and CCSF student whose background includes being a staffer for two U.S. senators and having the most private sector experience among the 10 candidates.

This may be the most thankless duty in city politics. Voters should be grateful to have four solid candidates to help guide this troubled but essential San Francisco institution.

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Sporting Kansas City to host top college players 2020 College Invitational Combine

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Sporting Kansas City announced Thursday the club will host the 2020 College Invitational Combine for elite college soccer players from around the United States to get exposure in front of MLS and USL Championship scouts.

The combine will take place from Nov. 13-15 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, featuring college seniors and select underclassman as its participants. The players will split into four teams for 60-70 minute matches to take place throughout the weekend.

“With no MLS combine on the calendar, Sporting Kansas City is excited to host its own showcase for the country’s top seniors and underclassmen,” Sporting Kansas City technical director Brian Bliss said in a statement provided by the team. “The College Invitational Combine will give aspiring college players a platform to be seen, as many universities and conferences are not playing their fall seasons. With Sporting’s central location and world-class facilities, we believe this is a tremendous opportunity for players and for clubs evaluating talent.”

Technical staff and scouts from nearly 40 MLS and USL clubs will be in attendance at the combine.

Read more about the event here.

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Parma City School District opens new A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism

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PARMA, Ohio — After a slight construction delay, Parma City Schools’ new A.C.E.S. (Accept, Champion, Educate and Support) Center for Education is nearly finished.

a stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen: Parma City Schools' A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism is located in Parma High School's north wing.

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Parma City Schools’ A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism is located in Parma High School’s north wing.

The innovative program designed to better serve special education students — specifically children with autism — is located at Parma Senior High School.


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“We’re about two weeks out from the actual facility, which is currently being finished,” said Robert Hoon, director of the district’s Office of Exceptional Students. “So we’re using a temporary space for right now, which we opened the last week. It was a fantastic first week back.

“The students have been completely engaged with our staff, teachers, assistants and related service providers. We’ve done a phenomenal job of getting them acclimated to the center.”

That acclimation included A.C.E.S. Center personnel recently providing families and students with a personalized virtual tour of the 3,400-square-foot facility. Formerly two large classrooms, the space has been repurposed into three classrooms, a sensory room, a conference room, a safe space, an office and ad hoc areas.

a view of a tiled floor: Parma City Schools' A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism is located in Parma High School north wing.

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Parma City Schools’ A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism is located in Parma High School north wing.

A.C.E.S. Center for Education will initially serve K-5 students who have a medical and educational primary diagnosis of autism. The program is designed to provide a highly individualized, therapeutic-based program.

“It’s not structured like a traditional school,” Hoon said. “This program was designed so we could meet the unique needs of these learners. They’re not having to necessarily rotate from class to class to class.

“It’s in an area that is completely removed from the other students at Parma Senior High. There’s a separate access point

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