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Independence Local Schools Partners with KidsLink to Provide Extended School Year for Students with Special Needs
Independence Local Schools kicked off its inaugural Extended School Year Program on Monday, June 13 for students with special needs. The program is in partnership with KidsLink, a local organization that provides neurologic care, speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology and behavioral treatment for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Independence Board of Education Places Renewal (No Tax Increase) Permanent Improvement Levy On November 8, 2016 Ballot
On June 21, the Independence Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution (5-0) at the regular board meeting to place a permanent improvement renewal levy request on the November 8, 2016 ballot for maintenance and capital improvement projects. The levy is to renew the current levy and is not a new or additional tax.

Funds from this zero tax increase renewal levy are earmarked for upkeep of roofs, boilers, plumbing, brickwork, sidewalks, HVAC upgrades and repairs, LED lighting upgrades, phone systems, security equipment, parking lot resurfacing, and bus purchases. “Like any property owner, dollars are needed to maintain facilities and the permanent improvement fund is the district’s ‘set aside’ reserve for maintenance expenses,” said Jerry Narduzzi, president, Independence Board of Education. “Renewal of the permanent improvement levy for five more years with no new taxes is crucial in protecting our community’s assets, including the primary, middle and high school.”
Independence Athletic Boosters First Ever "Indy Color Me Fun Run" Scheduled for June 18
On Saturday, June 18, the Independence Athletic Boosters will sponsor their first ever "Indy Color Me Fun Run." The 5K (3.1 mile) run or 1 mile walk will take participants over a combination of paved and cross country courses which will begin at the Independence Kiwanis Pavilion on 6363 Selig Drive in Independence. Runners begin dressed in clean white T-shirts, and pass through a color station once every kilometer. Each color station is associated with a different color, with volunteers blasting the runners with dyed cornstarch out of spray bottles. 
Independence Local Schools and community build children's garden shed for after school and summer camp programs
In the spring of 2015, the City of Independence After School staff applied and received a $1,000 grant from the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County to build a shed to be used by the children of their after school and summer camp programs.  
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