Superintendent Search Initiated
The Board has initiated its Superintendent search to replace current Superintendent Pat Macke who will retire at the end of December. Notice of the Superintendent vacancy was posted on the Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) website in mid August and sent to all 88 County Boards of DD. The Board has decided to interview five individuals from the applicant pool. The five individuals to be interviewed are: Donald L. Rice, Superintendent of the Geauga County Board of DD; Charles H. Frobose, Superintendent of the Crawford County Board of DD; John Schwartz, Director of Adult Programs and Facilities for the Huron County Board of DD, Omar Nagi, Adult Activities Services Manager for the Cuyahoga County Board of DD; and Kathleen Wilbraham, Executive Director Evant, Inc., Stow, Ohio.
First round interviews with three of the applicants were held on Wednesday, August 20th with the other two applicants to be interviewed on Tuesday, September 2. Second-round interviews will be held if deemed necessary. It is the Board’s intent to have the next Superintendent named by mid-September and to have a one-to-two month overlap with Superintendent Macke. The new Superintendent will assume official duties on January 1, 2015.
The Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities will hold special meetings on Wednesday, August 27 @ 2:00 pm and on Tuesday, September 2 @ 9:00 am in the Board Room of the Dennis M. Coble Administration Building, 2606 Brady Lake Road, Ravenna, OH 44266. The purpose of both special meetings is to consider the appointment and employment of a public employee. At both meetings, the Board will immediately enter into executive session. No action is expected at either meeting.
A Day All About Transition
The Portage County Transition Council is sponsoring a transitions fair, A Day All About Transition, at Kent State University, November 20th at 8:30 am. Any young adults and their families receiving special services from our local schools and are (or will be) transitioning out of high school into college, the work world, or adult services are urged to attend.
Download the event flyer here:
Blue Bombers are Division III North Champions
The Blue Bombers headed to Area Games last Saturday, August 16th in Canton, Ohio. Being a new team this year, they were placed in Division III for the regionals. At the end of the day, the Blue Bombers swept their division beating Columbiana County (13 to 3) and Stark Public #2 (26 to 5)! Winning their division means the team will automatically move up next season. As the North champions, they now are headed to State Games September 13th in Oregon, Ohio. We wish them continuing luck! Coach Jamie has done a super job as well!
Go Blue Bombers!
Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) sends findings letter to Governor Kasich outlining ADA, Olmstead violations
Click the following for DRO's letter:
Special Olympics Ohio - 2014 State Summer Games
The Portage DD Special Olympics team headed to Ohio State University for this year’s State Summer Games, June 27 - June 29. The delegation consisted of 30 athletes, 15 coaches, and several chaperones. Everyone came armed with luggage, uniforms, and box fans to embrace the competition and the hot dorm rooms. The athletes competed and excelled in Bocce, Bowling, Powerlifting, Track and Field and Volleyball. In between events, the athletes enjoyed visiting Tent Town because it was full of souvenirs, games, prizes, music, and ice cold snow cones. Saturday evening was spent watching movies, playing cards, and eating pizza!
- Deanna, Sylvia, Carly, Jim, Jacob and Woody
- Polly, Kevin, Judy and Jack
- Becky, Michael, Brian and Donny
Track and Field-
- Bill, Adam, Sherry, Joe, Dave, Rachel, Christina, Teresa, Danielle and Kathy
- Brandon, Logan, Donald, Shanna, Preston, and Ben
It was a spectacular weekend as always! At the end of the day, Portage County DD - Special Olympics came home with the following medals:
Gold- 10; Silver- 28; Bronze- 4; 4th/5th Place Ribbons- 8
Click the following link to view the full results:
Congratulations to all of the Blue Steaks athletes!