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Former Warren County church to become special education school


A former Franklin church will see new life as a special education learning center.

The former St. Mary Catholic Church in downtown Franklin has been sold to the Warren County Educational Service Center.

WCESC Superintendent Tom Isaacs confirmed the sale, which was finalized Tuesday.

WCESC purchased for $400,000 the entire campus, which included the former church, rectory, garage, parish hall and a parking lot across the street. That was below the church’s asking price of about $650,000, according to Isaac.

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Former Employee John Lazares Honored with Award

jlazFormer Employee and Superintendent John Lazares was honored Wednesday December 14th with "Heroes of Character" award by The City of Character, Hamilton, Ohio and the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Congratulations John!


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Going Beyond "Click This" -Teaching with Google Classroom with Alice Keeler

Alice KeelerAlice Keeler, author of 50Things You Can Do With Google Classroom and 50 More Things You Can Do With Google Classroom.  Alice's first workshop at WCESC was such a success we are bringing her back on Monday, February 6, 2017 to continue Google Classroom training.  Join Alice as she focuses on using Google Classroom as a teaching tool to foster:* Attendees should have a basic knowledge of Google Classroom - Check out Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler if you need a refresher.

$125/person without a book
$140/person with a book
If you wish to pay by PO please contact Amy Kistler at amy.kistler@warrencountyesc.com



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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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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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