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By Dr. Amy Crouse, Loveland Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning

Tiger academic growth – at the Loveland City School District that is our No. 1 goal. You can see it through the innovation in our classrooms and the care given to students across our district. Our Board of Education, administrative team, teachers and staff understand that significant, routine investment is required to make consistent development of that academic focus one we can achieve. As such, last year the Loveland Board of Education undertook a five-year commitment to teaching and learning. Through the implementation of the Instructional Cycle, we are able to intensely focus on one content area annually, while continuing our work to improve student achievement in all content areas. 

For the 2016-17 school year, classroom educational leaders focused on social studies. This group of dedicated teachers from grades kindergarten through 12 met throughout the school year to identify the best instructional strategies and resources for students to be able to apply their understanding of the Ohio Learning Standards for social studies.

The Loveland Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the new instructional tools during the April 18 Business Meeting, after an informative and exciting presentation by our professionals. We plan to have all the new materials in place for the 2017-18 school year.

By supporting our expert teaching staff with updated resources, access to technology, and time to work collaboratively we can continue to grow and develop as professionals to improve experiences for students in our classrooms. Preparing Students for Tomorrow, Today – it is what we do, and as always, we appreciate your continued support of our academic mission.

In service to our Tigers,

Dr. Amy Crouse

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Dr. Amy Crouse discussing the Instructional Cycle

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By Brett Griffith, Loveland City School District Treasurer & CFO

At the April 18 Board of Education Business Meeting, I was pleased with the news we once again delivered for the Loveland City School District: financial stability. As the chief financial officer of the Loveland City School District, I want you – our investor – to know that it is of the utmost importance to both our Board of Education and my team to operate in a fiscally conservative manner while maintaining

I wanted to take this opportunity to share this district financial update with you.

excellence for the students we serve. As such, I wanted to take this opportunity to share this district financial update with you. Our projections are based on a financial tool we use each year called the five year forecast – and each spring we update the projections originally published in the fall to present to the Loveland Board of Education.

Our positive projections are due in part to voters in the Loveland City School District passing a 5.6 mill operating levy in May of 2014; passage of the levy provided our team an opportunity to continue the excellent education we provide to our students, and – as always – we offer a sincere thank you to those who supported and continue to support our district. Our expectation is that the funds from that levy will continue to fund the district – as promised – until 2018. We will look to see how changes in the state budget will impact our projections and provide an update on the financial situation as required by state law this coming fall.

As I have expressed to you before, I feel it is my privilege to serve our Tiger Family by ensuring our team prepares students for tomorrow, today while maintaining the fiscal health of our operations. I invite you to contact me directly should you have any specific questions about our district finances. My door is always open.

Download: Five Year Forecast Loveland

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Brett Griffith is the Treasurer & CFO of the Loveland City School District 

A Press release from the Loveland City School District:

Loveland Board of Education makes decision to engage professional search firm; Board Special Meeting set for June 6

The Loveland City School District today announces the search for the superintendent of the progressive, vibrant destination school district is ongoing. At the May 25 special meeting of the Loveland Board of Education, board members approved hiring a professional firm to conduct the search for the next educational leader. Additionally, the Board set a Special Meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, for the purpose of selecting a firm to hire.

“In Loveland, we understand that because of our dedicated approach to the complete student experience we are a destination school district for families, and the Board of Education is confident we will find the right leader to ensure we continue to provide the best for our students,” said Board of Education President Dave Blumberg.

The action comes following the announcement that Loveland Superintendent Chad Hilliker is leaving to serve as the assistant superintendent of the Hamilton County Educational Service Center. Hilliker will remain in the role of superintendent until July 31.

“We are extremely pleased with the way the district has advanced under the leadership of Mr. Hilliker, and we offer a heartfelt congratulations on his new role,” said Blumberg. “The responsibility before the five members of our Board of Education is great. The Board represents the entire Tiger Family, and our community can expect this to be a transparent search process. We all share the same vision of creating a world-class experience for our students that is at the same time uniquely Tiger. We feel strongly we will find the right leader to advance that vision.

“Until that leader is announced, we know that the true strength of the administrative team lies in each administrator’s dedication to continuing to develop the complete student experience – from the people we hire, to the programs we invest in, to the buildings where those two worlds come together – at every level of administration – that laser-focus on advancing our three big goals of Tiger academic growth, Tiger innovation and Tiger care will not waiver.”

Once established, the Board will communicate an executive search timeline. The expectation is to have a new superintendent in place prior to Mr. Hilliker’s departure July 31.



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Union savings bankLOVELAND, OHIO – Union Savings Bank branch in Loveland in conjunction with Loveland Magazine is a collection point for torn and tattered U.S. flags.

The Loveland Union Savings Branch is at 510 West Loveland Avenue and is open:

  • Monday 9 AM-5 PM (Drive-Thru Open Until 6 PM)
  • TuesdayThursday 9 AM-5 PM
  • Friday 9 AM-6 PM
  • Saturday 9 AM-1 PM




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Symmes Honors Veterans

Friday, May 26, 2017 7:00 PM – Friday, May 26, 2017 8:00 PM

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Loveland’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

The parade will begin at 9 AM on Monday, May 29 at the Loveland Elementary School, 600 Loveland Madeira Road, and proceed to Veterans Memorial Park located at the corner of West Loveland Avenue and Riverside Drive in the West Loveland Historic District.  A memorial ceremony will be held at the park immediately following the parade.

Loveland, Ohio – When Councilwoman Angie Settell told the audience at the council meeting on April 11 that she was going to give a history lesson of the Loveland Farmers’ Market, the crowd shuffled in their chairs and groaned. She responded, “Well, you’ll have to listen. I listened to you all night, you’ll just have to listen.”

When the crowd became increasingly impatient, she said, “I’ll get to the crux of it here. Let me get to the crux.There’s a whole lot of back and forth about apple pies and interest, so here’s the crux bear with me.”

Settell said that the Market had received preferential treatment from the City since its inception and read several past emails highlighting a loan the Market founder received from taxpayers to file their incorporation papers.

At the next council meeting on May 9, Loveland Farmers’ Market spokesperson Peggy Goodwin, a former council member, took to the podium to respond to Settell’s accusations. She said, among other things, “I was stunned and angered by Mrs. Settell’s dissertation on the Loveland Farmers’ Market and Mrs. Donna Bednar.” Goodwin said that several people approached her afterward and expressed that they felt Settell was “Mudslinging.” Goodwin concluded by saying, “It doesn’t matter if those comments were outright criticism, insinuations, or innuendo, it comes across as a cheap shot. And, quite frankly, that behavior is beneath the dignity of the office.

When Goodwin returned to her chair in the audience, Mayor Mark Fitzgerald took his turn and suggested that when the loan was given, the City should have asked the Ohio Ethics Commission if the loan was proper, given that Bednar’s husband was on Council at the time. Goodwin had just reminded everyone that during that period, then-councilman David Bednar had recused himself from discussing or voting on matters related to the Farmers’ Market.



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Loveland, Ohio – School Board President, David Blumberg told Loveland Magazine in an email this morning, “The jury is still deliberating with no verdict. The jury will return Thursday at 3:30 to continue.” Blumberg was responding to whether the Board had made a decision at their Monday night meeting “To discuss plans for hiring a new superintendent.” 

About twenty-five residents showed up for Monday’s meeting. Nine spoke to weigh in on the decision.

The statement from the Board office is:

No action was taken by the Board of Education during the May 22 special meeting, and the Board members remain in discussions. There is another special meeting of the Board scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the LIS/LMS Media Center to continue those discussions.

Superintendent Chad Hilliker has resigned to take another job. (BOE meeting Monday to discuss new superintendent)

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LMS Principal Chris Burke requested to transition from an administrative role back into a classroom teacher position

Charles Ogdan

Loveland, Ohio – The Loveland City School District has announced that beginning August 1, Loveland Middle School (LMS) will be under the leadership of Principal Charles Ogdan has 14 years of educational experience. He comes to the district from Princeton High School where he began serving in 2013; he was the building educational leader working as principal. Prior to his tenure in Princeton, Ogdan served the students of Sycamore Community Schools from 2003-2013.

“Mr. Ogdan brings a wealth of education administration leadership to our already strong district administrative team,” said Loveland Assistant Superintendent Keith Koehne. “Mr. Ogdan’s energy, strength in building relationships with parents and students, and his success in leading a large organization will be an asset to advancing the continued growth of Loveland Middle School. We are excited to have him as part of our Tiger Family.”

“I am extremely excited to join the Loveland team!” said Ogdan. “Having the opportunity to work with, and in my personal community puts a heightened level of ownership to my position. Loveland schools is the premier educational destination in the state, and I look forward to working together to maintain and grow our expectations and successes.”

Ogdan received his bachelor of science in education degree from Miami University in 2003, his master of science in education degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2005, was part of the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Dayton in 2010 and is currently in the superintendent licensure program at Miami University. Additionally Ogdan is National Board Certified teacher in history.

Ogdan replaces LMS Principal Chris Burke who requested to transition from an administrative role back into a classroom teacher position. The Board of Education approved the contract for Ogdan at the May 16 Business Meeting. 

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Tim Taggart was appointed to fill the remainder of the Board term vacated by Board Member Linda Pennington

Loveland, Ohio – The Loveland Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Tim Taggart to join the Board at the Tuesday, May 16, Board Business Meeting. The Board received five applications to fill the remainder of the Board term vacated by Board Member Linda Pennington who officially retired from the Board in April after serving the students of Loveland as a Board member since 1995. Taggart, a Loveland native who works as a CPA and chief financial officer for Plastic Moldings Company, has two daughters who graduated from Loveland City Schools.

Taggart has served on the the District Audit Committee (2008-2012), Levy Committee, and was Chairman of the Loveland Athletic Boosters Golf Outing (2012-2014).

“Professionally Mr. Taggart is a proven thoughtful, thorough decision-maker who has shown incredible dedication to the district through his volunteer efforts; we are very pleased to have Mr. Taggart join us on the Loveland Board of Education,” said Board President Dave Blumberg. “We appreciate all of the applicants who came forward to offer their time for this position of service to our students and our community.”

Taggart will serve the remainder of Mrs. Pennington’s term, which expires in December of this year. 

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Julie Carter to begin in administrator role at the start of the 2017-18 school year

Julie Carter

Loveland, Ohio – Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) will have a new Assistant Principal next school year. Julie Carter comes to LIS from West Clermont Local Schools where she served as the student services supervisor since 2008. Carter began serving students in a teaching role in 2004 where she taught third grade at Willowville Elementary in the West Clermont district. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2004, her master’s in special education from UC in 2007, and her educational administration Ohio Principal Licensure from Xavier University in 2009.

 “I am so excited to join the LIS Tiger Family for their focus on student-centered instructional practices, strong community involvement and collaborative approach to education” said Carter. “I can’t wait to begin working with the students and staff at LIS.”

“We are thrilled to have Mrs. Carter join our LIS Tiger Family,” said LIS Principal Garth Carlier. “Having served in a district role supervising the pre-kindergarten through grade 12 special education program at her last district, Mrs. Carter brings a unique depth of knowledge about creating an inclusive environment that will allow learners at all levels to be successful.”

Carter replaces former LIS Assistant Principal Gretchen Watts who requested to serve Loveland students by returning to the classroom. The contract for Carter was approved at the May 16 Board of Education Business Meeting. 

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