For school superintendents, principals and treasurers


2013-2014 Green Ribbon Schools simplified application now online – deadline Nov.15

Ohio is once again participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program that recognizes schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Ohio may nominate up to four schools, including nonpublic schools, for this national recognition. New this year is a simplified application available here, with a Nov. 15 deadline for completion.

Public comment period on operating standards for gifted students revisions open through Sept.20

ODE is now accepting public comments and feedback on the proposed revisions to OAC rule 3301-51-15 Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students. Submit comments to gifted@education.ohio.gov by the close of business on Sept. 20.

U.S. EPA offers school environmental health webinar series

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers an excellent series of online webinars for principals and maintenance supervisors that highlight school environmental issues. The next live webinar, scheduled for Sept. 25, at 3 p.m., covers cleaning and maintenance. Topics of past webinars still available include indoor air quality, pesticide safety and environmental health assessments. To view past webinars or register for upcoming sessions, click here.

Schools can save on annual premiums with Ohio BWC workplace safety programs

School districts can save up to 20 percent on their annual workers’ comp premiums by enrolling in Destination: Excellence, a portfolio of Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation programs offering cost-saving incentives to employers for successfully incorporating certain safety and claims management programs and strategies. These programs are designed to create a safer work environment and to help injured workers recover faster. The fall enrollment period for school districts runs now through Oct. 31.

Schools can enroll in three major programs during this time:

  • Industry-Specific Safety, which provides incentives for participating in certain Bureau of Workers’ Compensation safety services, including classroom training and onsite consulting;
  • Drug-free Safety, which provides incentives for implementing a drug and alcohol testing program at your workplace; and
  • Transitional Work Bonus, which provides incentives for using Transitional Work, a formal framework that can help bring injured workers that have been released with restrictions back to work by accommodating their restrictions.

In addition to saving up to 20 percent on workers’ compensation premiums, Destination: Excellence helps districts increase workplace safety, which could lower future premiums. To verify eligibility and learn more about the program, visit here.

Registration open now for OCTA fall conference

The annual Ohio Career-Technical Administrator’s Association (OCTA) Fall Conference is Oct. 24-25 at the Dublin Crowne Plaza. The agenda includes main presenters on state and national reform as well as updates on key initiatives related to local college and career readiness goals. A pre-conference workshop for newer and aspiring career-tech administrators will be held on Oct. 23. For registration and a draft agenda, click here.