Wayne Baker

Clark County Reporter

Wayne Baker is a graduate of Yellow Springs High School and Central State University. He has worked in print media for several years covering news and sports.  Baker has coached youth basketball in the Yellow Springs school system and served on the Human Relations Commission.

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Springfield and Yellow Springs school districts, along with the Global Impact STEM Academy, were notified yesterday that they have received conditional approval to opt out of significant state and federal testing requirements.

Dr. Richard Ross, who is Ohio's superintendent of public instruction, informed both school districts and the STEM Academy that they will be able to use alternative assessments to monitor student progress and reduce the amount of state assessments required by law.

Springfield City Schools Superintendent Dr. David Estrop discusses alleged theft by members of the boys basketball team while they played in the postseason at Xavier University.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Springfield City School District Superintendent David Estrop held a press conference to announce that six players on the Springfield High School boys varsity basketball team allegedly stole athletic gear from the Xavier University locker room.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

The Springfield City School District's Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Dr. Robert Hill from Lorain County's Firelands School District  to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. David Estrop.
 

Estrop announced late last year that he's retiring in June because of legislative changes to the state’s retirement program. He's been in charge of the district for six years and has spent nearly 45 years in education.

Laurie Means / Clark State

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Clark State Community College a $2.5 million grant to that will help the school train workers for manufacturing jobs.

The grant money will be used to purchase equipment and develop a curriculum to help students and displaced workers find jobs in different manufacturing areas. Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin feels that manufacturing jobs require a different skill set these days.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

Residents and local officials in the village of Tremont City are challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio EPA over the cleanup of a landfill.  Clark County residents are voicing their opposition on a plan developed by the U.S. EPA to clean up nearly 300,000 gallons of industrial waste that has been buried at the Tremont City landfill Superfund site since the late 1970s.

The group Equality Springfield wants people to join them at this week's Springfield City Commission meeting.
Equality Springfield

The group Equality Springfield is trying to bring people to the Springfield City Commission meeting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to protest discrimination.

Three years ago, Springfield’s commission rejected a change in the city's ordinance, which would have banned workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality Springfield members want people to attend the commission meeting on the three year anniversary.

About four in five Ohio workers are NOT covered by LGBT non-discrimination rules.

A contract dispute between Developmental Disabilities of Clark County and a group of unionized employees has reached a stalemate. The union workers have been operating without a contract since last March.

The agency runs the FF Mueller Residential Center, which is a 24-hour care facility. Forty-five members of the UAW Local 658 who work at the center have set a date of March 16 to strike if a contract isn’t agreed upon.

Melissa Dabe of Developmental Disabilities explained that there are several issues on the table.

Dr. David Estrop and Mario Basora held a press conference to explain why their respective school districts are applying for assessment testing waivers from the state.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs school districts are applying for a five-year waiver to opt out of significant state and federal testing requirements. There was a little staged magic involved in today's press conference on the issue.

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs are part of the Innovation Lab Network - a group of schools that use alternative teaching models. Estrop was also speaking for the Global STEM Academy in Springfield that is also applying for a waiver.

Three finalists have been selected to replace Dr. David Estrop as superintendent of the Springfield City Schools. Estrop is retiring at the end of the school year, and the school board is hoping to select his replacement by the end of March.
 

District Treasurer Dale Miller says the finalists are all superintendents of other Ohio school districts: Robert Hill from Firelands Local School District in Cleveland, Guy Parmigian from Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District in Oak Harbor, and Carl Metzger from South-Western City Schools in Grove City.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

Protesters from Greene County Black Lives Matter faced bitter temperatures at the federal courthouse in Dayton Friday afternoon to meet with U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart of Ohio's Southern District about the case of John Crawford III. Six members of the group personally delivered a stack of letters to Stewart while others waited outside.

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