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Orange Superintendent Lynn Campbell presented two recommendations for returning to school this fall, a blended learning option and a fully remote option. Two hundred people piled into the Zoom meeting on Monday to hear proposed plans for the Orange City School District.

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ORANGE — Councilman Scott Bilsky announced his resignation at the July 8 council meeting due to an upcoming move to Pepper Pike. His resignation will be effective as of Aug. 1. Mr. Bilsky said that there was an opportunity to build a “forever home” for his family and found an ideal location …

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When a new coach takes over the varsity reins of a high school athletic team, perhaps too often he or she emphasizes the need for a change in culture or a clean slate in order to build a successful program.

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Despite a delay of guidance from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Superintendent Lynn Campbell said that the Orange City School District is exploring multiple options for returning to school this fall.

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Parents must sign a variety of liability and consent forms for their children to participate in school-sponsored activities and sports, but COVID-19 never has been on the list.

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Director of Student Support Services Kersh Naidu and Moreland Hills Elementary School Principal Renee Tuttle are working on a multi-tiered plan to address the changing social and emotional needs of their students. Superintendent Lynn Campbell said that a plan is necessary to address a change…

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The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has left many questions unanswered for school districts across the state, Orange City School District Treasurer Todd Puster said. It proves difficult to forecast the future financial state of the school when there are so many unknowns such as p…

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A group of parents with seniors at Orange High School have planned a senior “caravan” to celebrate graduation on May 30 at 4 p.m. Parent Miki Beachler of Orange Village helped lead the effort and refrained from calling it a “parade” because the parents did not receive approval from the Orang…

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Parents of seniors in the Orange City School District are working to plan a parade of cars to celebrate the graduating class of 2020. Jill Gheen, an Orange Village parent, is leading the initiative and asked for the district’s “blessing” at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

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Many local governments are not holding public meetings remotely during the current stay-at-home order, despite the passage of House Bill 197 signed into law on March 27, allowing Ohio communities to do just that during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Orange Board of Education unanimously voted to move into termination proceedings for Michael Klubnik, a science teacher at Orange High School, on the grounds of alleged improper conduct with students. The resolution to suspend his contract without pay or benefits was effect…

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Mayor Bruce Mavec of Hunting Valley worked quickly to address a letter that was mailed out last week to encourage residents to vote down the Orange Community Education and Recreation levy renewal that was supposed to be on the Tuesday primary ballot. Director of the Ohio Department of Health…

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Members of the Orange City School District Board of Education on Monday delayed an expected vote on the proposed $3.24 million guaranteed maximum price to renovate the women’s locker room and the front entrance of Orange High School. The matter was tabled until further discussion during the …

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ORANGE — After Pepper Pike recently passed an ordinance to curb vaping in the city, including on the Orange City School District campus, Orange Village Council is considering similar legislation.

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The Orange Schools Foundation awarded two grants of nearly $5,000 to the Orange Senior Center and Stagecrafters Youth Theatre. The grant will support an Art Bar for senior citizens to work on self-serve art projects and take their art supplies on the road to share with seniors at assisted li…

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ORANGE — More changes are coming in Orange Village with several development and preservation projects in the works, according to Mayor Kathy Mulcahy.

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Orange City School District Superintendent Lynn Campbell and the Board of Education closed three committee meetings to the public. The three affected committees include Buildings and Grounds, Academic and Communications and have been closed to residents since January, when the decision was d…

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Orange City School District Treasurer Todd Puster said that the district is still on track for a 5-mill levy in 2021. Board members are already putting together a strategy to study cost per pupil measures and inform the community.

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This is the third and final year to use a federal grant to protect Ohio’s watersheds, according to local conservation officials. Environmental organizations are working to conserve and protect properties in the Chagrin Valley, including the Weintraub property in Orange Village and the Modroo…

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PEPPER PIKE — At the end of 2019, the Orange Board of Education discussed a $2.5 million locker room renovation at the high school. The conversation soon expanded to include plans to renovate the front entrance of Orange High School and the board on Monday reviewed two rough sketches.

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West Geauga 6-foot-1 senior Peyton Bissler swung his elbow to create some space from the harassing defense of Orange 6-foot senior Nick Walters and was called for an offensive foul 2 1/2 minutes into the game.

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Orange Community Education and Recreation has a 0.95-mill renewal levy on the March 17 ballot to continue providing services to the Orange community. Orange recreation encompasses multiple activities and facilities, including the Orange Senior Center, the Orange Art Center and the Early Chil…

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Hawken School junior Connor Brown made the exhausting two-hand turn from breaststroke to freestyle in the 200-yard individual medley during the Chagrin Valley Conference meet on Saturday at his home Holtrey Pool in Chester Township.

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ORANGE — Council President Brandon Duber proposed a change to the village’s code that would block peddlers and canvassers from leaving literature at homes with the Do Not Knock sticker. The point of registering a home on the Do Not Knock list, he said, is to keep unwanted visitors off the pr…

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At a special meeting on Dec. 17, the Orange Board of Education voted 4-1 to approve a proposal from ThenDesign Architecture to offer design services for the women’s varsity locker room renovation at a cost of $175,000. ThenDesign Architecture will make drawings for the project to update part…

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Giant Eagle announced last week that the grocery chain plans to eliminate all single-use plastic from its operations by 2025 in an effort to improve the environment. Starting Jan. 1, the chain plans to stop using plastic bags at its Cuyahoga County stores, supportive of the county ban. The s…

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Community bans on single-use plastic bags may become obsolete after the Ohio House of Representatives last week passed a bill taking away local control of that issue. With a plastic bag ban already in effect in Orange Village and a Cuyahoga County ban set to begin Jan. 1, local leaders are c…

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Meredith Bond, who lost her bid for an Orange school board seat, raised and spent significantly more money than her opponents during the Nov. 5 general election, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.

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ORANGE — Frances Kluter and Herb Braverman passed the baton last week after leading Orange Village Council for 32 years. They recalled the turbulent times in Orange when they joined council in 1987 and looked back with fond memories of how the village has changed over the years.

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In a presentation intended for design drawings, conversations quickly shifted to financial capacity for the renovation of the Orange High School girls locker room Monday with concerns resurfacing on the district’s permanent improvement fund.

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ORANGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission has had ongoing discussions about revising the zoning code to diminish the number of deck variances necessary at the Lakes of Orange. According to Councilman Jud Kline, an architect and council’s representative to the commission, the members would …