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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. 

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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
By Kenn Synek, President

On behalf of the Board of Education, I am writing to inform you about an important matter that is currently being contemplated by your elected representatives on the Independence Local Schools Board. Board members are faced with many choices along the path to providing the best educational opportunities possible for our children. Balancing the daily learning and classroom experiences with long-term investments in buildings, technology, and equipment while remaining fiscally responsible has always been a focus of ours. We strive to keep our Independence Local Schools up to the premier standards our community expects, not just for today, but for decades to come. In the process of developing the district’s soon-to-be-released Strategic Plan, the Facilities Committee conducted multiple meetings, site visits, and inspections of our facilities, and analyzed our Five Year Capital Improvement Plan. This work confirmed what our district leaders have known for quite some time: our primary and middle schools are in serious need of significant and costly physical and mechanical improvements. Air conditioning for improved indoor air quality and comfort, electrical system upgrades and modernization, roofs, windows, and technology for engaging students in a 21st century learning environment are at the top of the long list of improvement needs.

For many years now, the district has struggled to keep pace with the increasing needs exhibited in our Five Year Capital Improvement Plan. The list of needs (not wants) in this plan continues to grow, and they far exceed the funds available. After much careful thought, deliberation, and debate, the Board has discovered a unique potential solution for our capital improvements funding problem.

The Board is exploring the possibility of re-allocating 2.15 mills of inside millage from the general fund to the permanent improvement fund. If enacted, this change in inside millage would provide the revenue stream necessary to maintain and improve our facilities, and make them a source of community pride. This change would also have an impact on your property taxes, which would increase next year by about $60 per $100,000 of market value. The Board will hold a public hearing and vote on this matter at its meeting on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 pm at the middle school.

If the proposal to move inside millage is approved, it will generate funding of approximately $1 million per year that is required by law to be used exclusively for capital improvements (not salaries). These much-needed funds would allow the district to accelerate the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan, and will ultimately put our school facilities on par with our marvelous city-owned facilities, such as the Civic Center, Elmwood Park, and City Hall.
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Posted Monday, January 29, 2018
Independence Middle School Drama Club presents the musical Lagooned! on Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., in the Independence Middle School auditorium.

Lagooned! is a musical comedy about a group of castaways that are shipwrecked in the middle of the South Pacific. The Captain of the “cruise” ship Vengeance Tom Butterworth (played by Jack Valenti, 8th grade) has run the ship aground. The passengers and crew include cruise director Arlene Zane, (played by Maria Gerding, 8th grade), pretentious Mrs. Withers (played by Gabrielle McGreevy, 8th grade), and celebrity film star Honey Hotchkiss, (played by Blaise O’Malley, 8th grade). These ship riders must make the best of being on an island together.

Not only does the shipwrecked group have to survive, but must deal with restless natives led by the Island Princess, (played by Addie Westerburg, 7th grade) accompanied by a Witch Doctor (played by Josh Wachs, 8th grade). These natives are obligated to care for a belching volcano that demands a bride.

As if the island weren’t crowded enough, a band of homesick pirates led by Antonio (played by Joseph Botzman, 8th grade), a plane-wrecked aviatrix Amelia Rushmore (played by Sydney Wilson, 7th grade), and a Robinson-Crusoe refugee starving for cheese named Ben Cheddar (played by Robertson Walker, 8th grade) are added to the equation.

All the while that these characters interact, a U.S. Naval base plans to use the island for target practice! With a unique variety of crazy situations, this musical is sure to bring lots of laughs.

The musical is directed by Gretchen Obrovac and choreographed by Rebecca Justice. There are a total of 52 cast members and 80 students are involved including all crews needed to make for a smooth production. Tickets are $5 general admission at the door.

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Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Students and parents are invited to our first ever Advanced Placement Classes Information Night.  It is on Thursday, February 1 in the I.H.S. Library at 6:30 p.m.

A.P. courses represent the highest level of academic rigor that a high school student can take. The most challenging colleges and universities also recognize A.P. courses as the pinnacle of rigor and academic prestige at the high school level.

I.H.S. has built an outstanding A.P. program over the past 15 years, as many of our former A.P. students have earned college credit and saved thousands of dollars in tuition and books. We are always looking for new "recruits" to join the legion of successful A.P. students that we have had at I.H.S.!

I.H.S. offers nine different A.P. courses in a wide variety of subject areas. Please join us on February 1st to learn more about the A.P. program and its tradition of excellence at I.H.S.! Hope to see you there!
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Posted Friday, January 19, 2018
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