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School changes extend beyond academics in Ohio
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 02, 2013 18:18 PM

As of the 2014-2015 academic year, K-12 students in classrooms throughout Ohio will be learning under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While institutions are currently transitioning to the CCSS, they must be fully implemented by this time frame, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

With the Common Core on the minds of many educators, parents and students, Ohio school systems are revising their current curricula so they are ready to fully implement the Standards. However, in several school districts, the changes extend beyond those related to academics, the Marion Star reported.

For example, in the Elgin Local School District, elementary, junior high school and high school students will all start to attend classes in one building for the first time, as construction crews work to complete Elgin's K-12 building.

"This is a big deal for all of us," said Carson Wasserbeck, president of the Elgin school board, as quoted by the news source. "We are finally going to have one school building for everyone and have one Elgin."

Meanwhile, the River Valley Local Schools recently lost Tom Shade, its superintendent of more than 14 years, who stepped down from his position. As the school system works to implement the CCSS, it must also select one of three candidates to replace Shade.