Field School District sets Falcon Academy free

Story by Katie Nix Portage County might be losing the only charter school it has dedicated to elementary school students. The Falcon Academy for Creative Arts, also known as FACA, received a notice Jan. 12 from its sponsor, the Field Local School District, which consists of Brimfield and Suffield Townships, that the sponsorship agreement as well as FACA’s lease on the former Central Elementary School would not be renewed for the 2015-2016 school year. Video by Rachel Smeaton “We did appeal the decision and [on Feb. 3] we had an appeal hearing so we went and talked to the Field board and stated what our case was and why we

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Brimfield police chief resigns

Brimfield police chief resigns from Katie Nix on Vimeo. By Katie Nix and Rachel Smeaton It took a little over a week for the country to see there were two sides to Brimfield Township’s longest-serving police chief. The first indicator came Jan. 13 when it was announced David Oliver would be taking a two-week, unpaid suspension due to gender discrimination claims being made against him by a female officer in his department. “We had an outside investigator come in and take a look at the claims that were being made,” township attorney Gregory Beck said. “We had to make sure there was no bias involved when looking into what was

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Brimfield plans new fire department, raises safety and cost concerns

Anchor Intro: Brimfield Township residents discussed a new fire station at last night’s town hall meeting. Though many admitted the fire department is in need of a new facility, the likely location is stirring up controversy. TV2’s Kaitlynn LeBeau has more on the citizens’ concerns. “This is going to impact every one of you,” Brimfield Township Trustee Mike Kostensky told residents at Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting. “Whether we go forward or we don’t, it’s going to involve a bond issue.” Brimfield Township trustees are asking residents to weigh in on plans for a new fire station. The cost of the new property has residents on edge – $385,000 for 1.7

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West Nile virus positive mosquitoes found in Portage County, City of Kent taking precautions

Words by Carley Hull. Photo by Rachael Le Goubin.  The City of Kent and Portage County Health Departments are taking measures to rid the area of mosquitoes after five mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus. The City of Kent Health Department confirmed four positive pools, three in Kent and one in Brimfield, in August. Kent State University labs confirmed a fourth positive Kent mosquito pool last week, but results from the Ohio Department of Health are pending, said City of Kent Health Commissioner Jeff Neistadt. These are the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes confirmed in the county. Eradicating mosquitoes Portage County Health Commissioner DuWayne Porter said that

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Field Local Schools adapting to accommodate rise in Arabic students

Field Local Schools has seen a rise in Arabic students in its classrooms and has been faced with educating non-English speaking students or students that know very little English. Reporters Emily Moran and Jenny Harvey examined the issue of increasing Arabic students in the Field Local School District and how these students are being educated in the classroom. In her video, Harvey looks at what teachers are doing to accommodate Arabic students and how the language barrier is being addressed. In her story, Moran looks at why the number of Arabic students is increasing, where these students are coming from and what is being done to help these students. [rpavideo caption= “In this video,

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Field Local School District bus cuts

Because of several failed levies, Field Local has had to cut busing for high school students and those living within two miles of the district’s schools.  In her video, Nicole Septaric discusses how this issue is affecting high school students and in her print story, Cassaundra Smith focuses on how it is affecting parents. [rpavideo caption = “Nicole Septaric asks one high school student how he is personally affected by bus cuts in the district”]RPA_03_Septaric_FieldBusCuts[/rpavideo] Parents struggle with Field bus cuts by:  Cassaundra Smith BRIMFIELD, OHIO – For Joan Weiss, spending about an hour and a half transporting her children to and from Field Local Schools has become a part

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House bill draws refunds, mixed reactions from schools

Pay-for-play fees are common in many public school districts in today’s tough economic times, but a recent Ohio House Bill has some schools refunding the fee to their marching band participants. Nick Shook reports on the mixed reaction from area schools as they decide whether to return the fees to their participants. Sean Barie takes a closer look at the marching band students at Waterloo High School, which is one of the first programs to decide to refund the fees.   [rpavideo caption=”The Waterloo High School Marching Band is one of the few bands in the area that will be refunded its pay-to-play fee. TV2-KSU’s Sean Barie reports on the impact of the refund.”]RPA_Barie_Shook_Waterloo_PKG[/rpavideo]

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Field marching band feels levy effects

[rpavideo]RPA_02_septaric_paytoplayGOODONE[/rpavideo] For Field sophomore, Kaylee Davis, the $300 pay-to-participate fee is putting a damper on her high school experience. As a member of the color guard, she is saddened that she has to pay money to do something she loves and that some students have to stop participating because of an inability to pay. “You make so many new friends and then some people the next year don’t do it because of the pay-to-play,” Davis said.  “It’s too much and they can’t afford it.” Unlike sports, the color guard and marching band are co-curricular activities, meaning that the students receive participation grades.  Students involved in these still have to pay

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Field superintendent reaching out for school levy

[rpavideo]Team1_Story1[/rpavideo] As a mother of two students who attend Field Locals Schools, Michaelann Lewis is hoping to see a levy pass for the first time in years. On top of having to pay hefty fees for her children to play sports, Lewis worries about curriculum cuts and how they will affect her children. “When I graduated I would have had so much more opportunities and electives that students are not getting now, and that’s pretty sad,” she said. In the midst of the battle of getting a levy passed, David Heflinger has joined the staff as the new superintendent.  He came to Field from Crestline Exempted Village School District located

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Brimfield meth problem here to stay

[rpavideo]RPA_TEAM2_METHLABS[/rpavideo] The Brimfield Police Department has been facing issues with meth for some time and it seems this issue isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. In light of a recent bust involving two “shake and bake” meth labs in Brimfield on June 8, it seems the meth problem is here to stay. Sergeant David Knarr of the Brimfield Police Department said meth is an easily manufactured drug because the ingredients needed to make the drug are easily found in local stores like Walmart and Lowe’s. One of the prime ingredients in manufacturing meth is pseudoephedrine, which can be found in many common cold medicines. “Meth is a drug that can be

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