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LaBrae News


Track Open for Walking

The track will be open for walking beginning Thursday, March 17. The track is open on days school is in session from 6:30 AM until dusk.

Things You Should Know About Charter Schools

The charter school industry siphons approximately $1 billion a year from the traditional public schools across the State of Ohio; traditional public schools that are far superior in their academic performance on Ohio's School Report Card.  Do you value the public education your children receive?  Do you expect your tax dollars to be used prudently?  Should LaBrae taxpayers continue to subsidize the poorly performing charter industry?  Want to become more informed on this issue?  Review the attachment below and visit the following link for more information:  Charter Schools: A Failed Experiment!

Student Drug Testing

The 2015-2016 school year marks the implementation of LaBrae's student drug testing program.  Throughout the previous school year, the LaBrae Board of Education engaged in ongoing discussion about the value of a student drug testing program for LaBrae Local Schools.  Once the Board committed to moving forward with passing a policy permitting the drug testing of students, the administration was charged with developing a testing program.  Research on drug testing programs included analyzing programs currently implemented in other schools throughout the Mahoning Valley.  Additionally, the administration evaluated drug testing vendors, and Great Lakes BioMedical was approved recently by the Board of Education as the authorized provider of drug testing services.  

LaBrae's drug testing program is designed to support students and encourage good decision making.  Students who participate on an athletic team in grades 7-12, and student drivers comprise the portion of the student body that will be subject to drug testing.  Student-athletes will be required to take one baseline test each year.  This test is conducted in the pre-season of the sport in which they first participate in the year.  Random tests will be conducted multiple times during the year.  Moreover, when the random drug screenings are administered, student drivers are added to the pool of students who are subject to testing.  Parents of students who are not participating in a sport, or who do not drive to school, can choose to have their child opt into the random pool.  When a parent chooses to opt-in their child, the parent bears the cost of the test if their child is selected for testing.  All students and parents are required to complete consent forms for testing. 

See the PDF attachment below for greater detail regarding LaBrae's student drug testing program.  Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mr. Jeff Starkey, High School Principal, or Mr. Todd Rowe, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director.

Envirothon Team Wins State Championship!

LaBrae's 2015 Envirothon Teams

The Envirothon is designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources among high school students. The Envirothon tests students' knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. In addition, the Envirothon encourages cooperative decision-making and team building. While each student on an Envirothon team is challenged to contribute his or her personal best, the score that counts at the end of an Envirothon is the team score. It is sponsored by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Natural resource and environmental specialists from many agencies, organizations, colleges, universities, park districts and businesses devise the Envirothon questions and staff the various test stations.

In May, both LaBrae teams, A and B, won the Envirothon Region 2 competition earning the opportunity to compete at the state level.  On June 9th the LaBrae Team A made up of Maddie Cope, Caleb Hineman, Joey Jaros, Alexus Nubani and Tessa Smith placed 1st in the State of Ohio at the State Envirothon Competition at Mohican State Park.  Winning the State Championship qualifies LaBrae Team A for the national competition in Springfield, Missouri.  LaBrae's A Team will be competing July 27th- August 2nd at the National Conservation Foundation - Envirothon Competition.

Also qualifying for the state competition was LaBrae Team B made up of Casey Dean, Emily Engler, Donald Fenstermaker, Allison Middleton and Alexis Wilson, which placed 12th in the state. LaBrae High School science teacher Mr. Craig Klotzbach serves as the advisor to our Envirothon teams. Congratulations to both teams on perpetuating the legacy of LaBrae's strong performances at the Envirothon competitions.  Moreover, LaBrae Local Schools congratulates Team A and Mr. Klotzbach for bringing home their first Envirothon state championship!

LaBrae Looking for Viking Voices

It has been well established that a community typically learns about its schools and recent events through word of mouth. Want to help spread the word about LaBrae Local Schools?  LaBrae Local Schools is looking for community members to become Viking Voices.  As a Viking Voice, we share with you important news that we hope you'll spread to all of your acquaintances.   

To become a Viking Voice, simply click on the link below and complete a very short form.  This will automatically subscribe you to our Viking Voice distribution list. 

Sign Up to Be a Viking Voice

Permanent Improvement Levy Projects 2013

This past summer, the District addressed many maintenance issues to our facilities and ushered in some improvements to our buildings. The District made use of the funds generated through our Permanent Improvement, or P.I., levy to pay for these projects. Permanent improvement levies are typically levies of a fixed life, which can be renewed by the voters of the community. The term "permanent" in the label, refers to the fact that law dictates that revenues from these types of levies, must be spent on costs associated with items that have a life of five years for more. The law prohibits the money generated from a P.I. levy from being used to buy books, consumable items such as paper, perishable items or to pay for the salaries and benefits of employees.  To read more about how your tax revenue was used this past summer, please follow this link:  2013 Permanent Improvement Revenue Projects

The LaBrae Local Schools are accepting donations of used band instruments.

The LaBrae Local Schools are accepting donations of used band instruments. With the increase of interest among the elementary students and state funding cuts looming, the district has grave concern as to its ability to sustain the current level of funding for band instruments. Donations are tax deductable. For further information, please contact the Superintendent's Office at 330-898-1393.

Healthy Start

Parents: Healthy Start is Ohio's free or low cost insurance program for children. If your children are without insurance call Healthy Start at 1-800-324-8680, or visit online at InsureKidsNow.gov

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