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Former Newbury teachers now working in the West Geauga Local School District will retain their seniority, potentially sparing them from being first to the chopping block in the event of a reduction in force, according to a newly minted agreement.

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Despite their reopening plan in place, West Geauga addressed some primary concerns with the restart of schools this month amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. An established committee intends to investigate the matters further.

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The West Geauga Local School District is planning to implement two models for reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year this August, giving families the option to choose between entirely online or onsite.

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West Geauga Local Schools rolled out two new stakeholder committees to continue the discussion of Newbury school facilities and the reopening of the 2020-21 school year.

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After months of planning and several joint community input meetings, the West Geauga and Newbury local boards of education are now looking at how to move forward with having better insight on community wants and concerns for the Newbury schools’ facilities.

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The Newbury and West Geauga boards of education are back on track for determining the future of Newbury’s property after two joint virtual meetings with residents and township trustees last week. A survey is now open for community input as Newbury prepares to become part of the West Geauga d…

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“For those who thought a virtual graduation was going to be boring, it’s not,” West Geauga Superintendent Richard Markwardt said. “It will be anything but boring, but it will also be very nontraditional.”

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Plans for a joint community meeting with West Geauga and Newbury local school districts remain in the works regarding the future of soon-to-be defunct buildings. The decision likely will be based on dollars and cents.

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Both districts were straight to the point during their latest board of education meetings as Newbury and West Geauga local school districts approved a combined total of 19 layoffs in preparation for the territory transfer.

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With the end of the school year in sight, the West Geauga Local Schools Board of Education is looking at summer projects and changes to start times for next year.

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Every school in Ohio is in a bind after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the closure of all schools from March 16 through April 3 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. He announced the mandatory closing in a press conference on March 12.