Sept. 21 School Briefs

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ohio’s largest school district selects new superintendent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s largest school district has announced the selection of a new superintendent. Columbus City Schools says Talisa Dixon will be offered the job to lead the district and its more than 50,000 students after a unanimous school board vote Thursday. The district says Dixon could assume the post Jan. 1 after the completion of a background check and contract negotiations. The school board selected Dixon over two other finalists. The Columbus Dispatch reports the 49-year-old Dixon is beginning her fifth year as superintendent for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights district. Dixon was a principal in Columbus for nine years and served as an administrator in Saginaw, Michigan, and a principal in the Akron school district in northeast Ohio.

Student accused of threats charged with making false report

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a student who allegedly made threats against a Tennessee high school has been charged with making a false report. News outlets report Rutherford County Schools investigated the threat when administrators were notified late Thursday afternoon about social media posts of a threatening nature. Riverdale High School resource officer Capt. Brad Harrison said authorities were able to track down the location where the post was made and arrested a 17-yearold boy at the home. James Evans with Rutherford County Schools said the student told authorities it was an inappropriate prank. Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said in a statement that the school would have enhanced patrols and additional personnel on Friday as a precaution.

NY school district closed over threat posted on social media

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — All five schools in an upstate New York district are closed for the day because of a threat made over social media. The Monticello Central School District announced Thursday night that its schools would be closed Friday while authorities investigate the online threat. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reported that the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says the threat was posted on Instagram under the username “blaxckhood.” Police have requested subpoenas for tracking electronic communication and IP addresses. Monticello is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of New York City. The district includes three elementary schools, a high school and a middle school.