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By, Independence High School Senior Aliya McDonald

On March 14, Independence High School participated in the March for Our Lives Cleveland Rally. At 10 am seniors Maggie George and Sophia Trombetta led over 120 students and faculty, signs, and posters in hand, outside where they held a moment of silence for the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Ending the march inside, Superintendent Ben Hegedish, Mayor Anthony Togliatti, Officer Green, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Annie McGhee, history teacher Joshua Piscura and Technology and Curriculum Director Mike Pennington all shared thoughts and words of inspiration with the students and faculty about keeping the Independence Local Schools safe and how the students have the power to make change happen. Independence was one of the thousands of schools who participated in this event nationwide.
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Posted Thursday, March 15, 2018
On March 12, the Independence High School Alumni Association recognized Biology and Environmental Science Teacher Scott Maretka with the “Educator of Excellence” Award. Previous recipients include Joe O’Brien, Kendall Gunlicks, Fred Schuld, Jeffrey Enckler, and Geraldine Kaftan.  Alumni Association members and colleagues nominate these individuals. [...click for more]

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2018
As I sit at my kitchen table and write to you, I hear my three kids playing in their rooms.  Dinner is in the oven.  My family is happy and healthy. I realize so many dads in Parkland, Florida cannot say that same thing after last week’s tragedy.  Neither can many dads in Sandy Hook, or Chardon, or any of the other places where senseless and evil school violence has taken the lives of children.

I’m not going to write to you about politics or gun control or mental health.  I have my thoughts on those, but as your Superintendent, it is my job to make sure our schools are as safe as can be, our students are receiving the supports they need, and we provide the best education possible.  I write to you now as your Superintendent.
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Posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Independence Board of Education is no longer considering reallocation of inside millage.  Therefore, the February 20th hearing is canceled. Ohio law requires each district to submit a tax budget in January of each year.  Our district was able to file for an extension until February 20th while considering the reallocation of inside millage, which would have provided increased funding for permanent improvements with an increase to our taxpayers.  

After further study, debate, deliberation and input from community members, the board has chosen to forgo any change in inside millage.  In the months ahead, the District will further refine its 5 Year Capital Improvement Plan and funding options to improve our facilities.  When completed, the plan will be presented to the community as part of a levy campaign for voter approval that will ultimately allow the District’s facilities to be modernized and brought up to Independence community standards. 

The Board wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to all citizens who took the time to share their thoughts regarding the District’s permanent improvement plans, funding challenges, and inside millage. Although the public hearing on February 20th has been canceled, the board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 pm on the same date.  We hope to see you there. 

Your Independence Local Schools
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Posted Friday, February 9, 2018
There will be a Europe trip meeting for anyone interested in signing up for this summer's trip or for the summer of 2019 trip on February 15th at 7:30 pm in Mr. Wells Room (Room 109). If you have already enrolled on the trip - you do not need to attend this meeting. Time is running out to enroll on this summer's trip to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and France - so please come to the meeting if you are interested in joining us.

The summer of 2019 trip will be to Portugal, Spain, and France. This 15 day trip will visit the following cities: Lisbon, Seville, Costa del Sol, Gibraltar, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, Provence, and the French Riviera including Monaco.

Both trips promise to be a once in a lifetime experience. All students at I.H.S. who are in good academic and behavior standing are eligible to come join us on this trip. If you re interested in joining either trip - you and a parent should attend the meeting on February 15th at 7:30 pm. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Wells
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Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018
On February 2, Independence High School inducted 26 students to the National Honor Society. The ceremony was held before family members, administration and staff at the Independence Civic Center. [...click for more]

Posted Monday, February 5, 2018
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