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Optimists learn about the ATTEND Program Optimists learn about the ATTEND Program

Shelley Brown, of the Warren County Educational Service Center (WCESC), recently spoke to the members of the Lebanon Optimist Club at their lunch meeting held at the Golden Lamb Inn.  Brown discussed her role as the Case Manager for the ATTEND program, a specialty docket at Warren County Juvenile Court.  ATTEND is a court-ordered truancy program that provides intensive services to Warren County’s most chronically truant families in order to reduce obstacles to consistent school attendance.  The program was developed by former Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Mike Powell and is overseen by current Judge Joe Kirby.


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Project AWARE certifies St. Margaret of York School staff

St. Margaret of York School staff recently received Youth Mental Health First Aid USA certification. Conducted by the Warren County Educational Service Center (WCESC), the program is a component of Project AWARE Ohio. The interactive curriculum focused on early identification of mental health challenges in youth. Pictured (L to R) are Kevin Vance, principal, Nicole Vicario, teacher, Jennifer Biggs, WCESC, Pat Clark, WCESC, Diana Brun, teacher and Jim Counts, teacher.

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JKLAS students finish push-up challenge

22pushupchalStudents and staff at the John Lazares Alternative School improved their physical fitness while raising awareness about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

They recently completed the 22 Day Pushup Challenge, a viral campaign designed to bring greater attention to suicide rates among veterans.

“Our school — just like any other school in our country — has the struggle of educating our students on mental health issues, as well as helping students who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues. PTSD and trauma are a major focus for our building,” Principal Mike Bidwell said. “Many of our students struggle with trauma and the issues that come out of trauma, even if they are totally unaware of how a traumatic event is effecting them in the present day.”


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Fred Anness receives national award from NAPT

Mr. Fred Anness has been awarded the School Bus Driver Training and Safety Award by the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT).  Mr. Anness is the long time supervisor of the Preservice School Bus Driver Training Program for Southwest Ohio through the Warren County Educational Service Center.   Fred’s nomination for this prestigious national award came from Robert Harmon, Director of Pupil Transportation for the Ohio Department of Education.  The award was created to enhance school bus driver training as a whole by recognizing those who operate exemplary programs.  This is certainly the legacy of Fred Anness.

What began as a new training program through a federal grant, is now required training for school transportation professionals in Ohio.  Fred Anness has worked diligently to make the training program a leader in school bus driver training and education.  The program is in its thirty-ninth year and, under the direction of Mr. Anness, has promoted student safety and driver training that has resulted in increased safety for Ohio’s students.

Over his long career, Mr. Anness has trained more than 110,600 Ohio school bus and transportation personnel.  More than 1000 in-service and training classes are offered each year across 88 counties in 8 regions across Ohio.  Topics include basic driving skills, bus evacuation, student management practices, safety policies, liability issues, student loading/unloading, distracted driving education, service animals, emergency preparedness, and driver trainer certification.

Congratulations to Fred Anness for a job well done!


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WCESC Receives High Performing Designation

The Warren County ESC recently received the High Performing Designation from the Ohio Department of Education.  This designation is due in part to a reported 35% savings representing a significant value we’re able to provide to our school districts.  We’re proud of this designation and our commitment to providing quality services to area school districts.

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Public Notice


Completed financial reports are available for public inspection as required by O.R.C 117.38 at 1879 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 for Greater Ohio Virtual School, Southwest Ohio Council of Governments, and Warren Family & Children First.

November 21, 2016

The unaudited annual financial report (GAAP) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, has been completed and is available for public inspection at the fiscal office Warren County ESC 1879 Deerfield Rd. Lebanon, OH 45036 during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 513-695-2900. A copy of the report can be provided upon request, for the following entities

Akron Digital Academy             

Warren County Educational Service Center

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