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2017-18 Bus Route Information 2017-18 Bus Route Information
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Independence Local Schools Welcomes New Staff Independence Local Schools Welcomes New Staff
As the 2017-18 school year draws near, Independence Local Schools welcomes several new employees, as well as announces new roles for existing staff.

Roger Howard, director of curriculum and instruction, has left the district to become a consultant for Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County. “I cannot thank Roger enough for the wise and steady leadership he has provided our district,” said Superintendent Ben Hegedish, Independence Local Schools. “While his new position is an excellent opportunity for him and perfect for his strengths, he will be missed. We are fortunate to have Roger in our own backyard with his new role at the ESC though as he will be working with our administrative team regularly throughout the year as a consultant.”

Director of Technology Mike Pennington will keep his lead role in technology integration and will also be taking on many of Roger Howard’s duties with curriculum and instruction. Pennington’s official title will reflect these responsibilities as the district’s Director of Curriculum and Technology Integration. “Mike has consistently demonstrated the collaborative leadership and technical skills to continue with our strong foundation of academic excellence while helping us reach for innovative ways to engage students in our ever-changing world,” said Hegedish. “Mike has worked closely with Roger and will continue to do so as we transition as a district.”

To fill the administrative opening left by Howard’s departure, the Independence Local Schools has hired Tom Dreiling as Assistant Superintendent and he will oversee the business and operations of our district. Dreiling joins the district from the North Olmsted City Schools, where he has served for the past eight years as middle school principal. Dreiling has extensive background and a successful track record in facilities planning, instructional programming, and district operations. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and Teaching from Ohio Northern University and his Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Akron. In addition to working for North Olmsted City Schools, he was a principal at Woodford Elementary in Barberton, an assistant principal, and began his career as a 3rd and 6th grade teacher.
Congratulations Top 10 Congratulations Top 10
Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2017 Academic Top 10: Ben Artrip, Jesse Belitz, Anna Buczek, Kevin Clymer, Alec Coutris, Matt Halamek, Nathan Porochonski, Sabré Randall, Christian Seif, and Lauren Taras.
The annual Top 10 Dinner was held at the Civic Center on May 22. This dinner is presented each year by the Independence Board of Education. These students have reached the greatest heights of academic excellence, involvement in athletics and activities, and are have great character. We are proud of these students, as they have all played a part in making I.H.S. such a wonderful school.
Independence Middle Schools Sixth Graders Make a Difference in Community Independence Middle Schools Sixth Graders Make a Difference in Community
Over the past six years, Independence Middle School's iMovement (Pay it Forward) Day has raised more than $10,000, handed out more than 500 gift cards, cleaned up 50 homes, passed out thousands of bottles of water, helped serve lunch to more than 500 seniors, passed out dozens of trays of bakery to our city services, and so much more. Most importantly, our students and staff have created a wonderful place for people to live and work and a place that people are proud to call home...a place where people know their neighbors will take care of them. #IPRIDE at its finest.
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