Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Teacher contract talks continue

In the schools

AVONDALE - The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education met Tuesday in an emergency closed-door session to continue discussing teacher contract negotiations.

The 28-member executive council of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers union plans to meet today. "We're continuing to talk and we're making progress," teacher union president Sue Taylor said Tuesday.

The board and union agreed jointly not to make public statements without notifying each other. Issues discussed include salaries, hiring practices and health benefits.

In December 2002, the teachers ratified a one-year contract extension that included a 3.5 -percent raise. Teachers are working on a day-to-day extension of the contract.

Grants available for school projects

DOWNTOWN - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is accepting applications for its two mini-grant programs, Learning Links and Summertime Kids

The mini-grant programs enable educators and non-profit organizations to offer creative learning experiences for children and provide support for schools with limited budgets for projects.

Last year the foundation awarded $287,900 in grants to 329 educators and non-profit organizations in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.

Download the application form from or call 241-2880. Summertime Kids grant applications are due March 26. Learning Links applications are due March 31.

Golfers sought for Princeton outing

SHARONVILLE - Golfers and sponsors are needed for the first Hall of Fame Golf Scramble, sponsored by the Princeton High School Athletic Department.

The tournament is set for May 22 at The Links Course at the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Cost is $500 for each four-member team. It includes the round of golf, cart, box lunch, steak dinner banquet, beverages, welcome gift, golf balls and a $10 casino coupon.

Golfers who don't have a team will be assigned to one. The outing is limited to 144 golfers. Information: 552-8300 or download registration forms at Proceeds benefit the Princeton Athletic Hall of Fame.

High school holds spring band concert

ST. BERNARD - St. Bernard-Elmwood Place High School's annual spring band concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium, 4615 Tower Ave.

The free concert is open to the public.

Erlanger schools host karaoke night

ERLANGER - Families will take part in free karaoke, snacks, games and door prizes during karaoke night 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dietz Auditorium inside the Scheben gym on Bartlett Street between Tichenor Middle School and Lloyd Memorial High School. The event is sponsored by the Erlanger-Elsmere Family Resource Center and the Tichenor Youth Service Center.

Information: (859) 342-2426.

Drama conference needs volunteers

MASON - Volunteers are needed April 2-4 when Mason High School hosts the Ohio Drama Conference.

For information, call Tish Newland, 459-7336, or e-mail Volunteers can work as little or as much time as desired.

Mason's theater department is one of eight schools selected to perform at the conference. It will perform scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Sue Kiesewetter

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