Report: Lakota to restore cuts if levy is passed – Michael D. Clark reported last week that the Lakota Board of Education promised to restore some of the district’s recent, historically deep budget cuts should voters approve a tax hike. Lakota school board members signed on to the district’s plan to partially restore school busing, add some art, music and gym classes, boost after-school participation and add technology to individualized learning by using $2.8 million of a proposed levy.
Release: Lakota shares details of levy proposal - After Clark’s report late Monday night, the Lakota school district released details on Tuesday of its plans if voters approved the district tax levy this November. Besides busing the school board could lower reduce participation fees for after-school clubs and extracurricular activities from $550 to $400 at high school and from $350 to $300 at junior high.
J. Gumbo’s open in West Chester – A new J. Gumbo’s restaurant has opened in West Chester. It’s at 6096 West Chester Road (in the former Cornerstone Café building) in Union Center. The restaurant’s owners have a J. Gumbo’s in Finneytown, and they opened a store in Blue Ash last month. West Chester is their flagship store; it’s full-service, offers patio seating and will soon have bar service.
Wells Fargo cutting 63 jobs – Wells Fargo plans to cut 63 jobs from its West Chester office, Bowdeya Tweh reported last week. The cuts are in Wells Fargo’s Home Mortgage Northeast Retail Fulfillment group office at 9021 Meridian Way. Wells Fargo said it reguarly reviews and adjusts staffing levels to meet its needs. The layoffs are expected to begin Oct. 6. Employees were notified Aug. 7.
Fatal crash reported – John Michael Lee of West Chester Township passed away Aug. 10 due to injuries suffered from a car crash Aug. 9. The West Chester Police Department announced his death last week. The crash took place at 7950 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. Drugs or alcohol are not a factor in the crash and no charges will be filed, according to police.
Lakota West band prepares for Macy’s parade – The Marching Firebirds officially began their season this month with band camp. The band was featured in a story written for WestChesterBuzz.com and for The Cincinnati Enquirer last week. Overall, the 273-member group from Lakota West High School will put in more than 100 hours of practice this month before a fall full of evening practice sessions, football games and competitions kicks off. The season will then culminate with a performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 28.