Toledo Public Schools will install new synthetic turf fields at Start and Bowsher high schools in time for the fall football season.

A news conference was held at Start in mid-May to announce plans for that school, thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Cleveland Browns through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program. The grant from the Browns, the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is part of more than $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year. The groundbreaking ceremony included Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools; Jenner Tekancic, the Browns' vice president of  community relations; Roman Oben, NFL vice president of youth football and a former NFL player and Kimberly Cutcher, executive director of Toledo LISC.

The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support organization, has committed nearly $46 million to the program since 1998, supporting 336 projects nationwide. Fields are built new or undergo significant renovations, ]with improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. The grassroots grants are given once funding thresholds are reached for each project.

Through Browns Give Back, the Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns’ goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.

LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.

“Toledo LISC joins The Cleveland Browns, Toledo Public Schools, the YMCA and community partners in our efforts to expand recreational opportunities for youth and promote healthy lifestyles,” said Cutcher. “The investment by the NFL and the Cleveland Browns in the Start Learning Community will increase the community’s access to programming and support comprehensive community revitalization efforts.”

Through Browns Give Back, the Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns’ goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.

 

It's time for the annual event that brings TPS Proud graduates together at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

The 10th Annual District-wide Alumni Event, where TPS alums can reconnect with former classmates while cheering on the hometown Mud Hens, is set for Friday, June 8, 2018, at Top of the Nine at Fifth Third Field.

Click here to get all the details. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the Mud Hens will be facing off against the Norfolk Tides starting at 7 p.m. There will be fireworks after the game.

Call 419-671-0440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Deadline to order tickets is June . Click here to download an order form: District-wide Alumni Event

Have fun while you Hit a Home Run with Toledo Public Schools.

 

Win prizes by reading books, completing exciting online activities and attending library events. For children and adults. Click here for more information: Summer Reading Challenge

Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, joined with other TPS officials and community leaders to announce that Jones Leadership Academy will become a High School of Business in 2018-2019, with an emphasis on preparing students to become the business leaders of tomorrow.

The news was made during a news conference on Monday, May 7, at the school, 430 Nebraska Ave.

Jones, which will graduate its inaugural graduating class in just a few weeks, will now have a Career Technology focus on business in an effort to ensure that students are prepared for college and 21st century careers after high school.

Starting with the upcoming 2018-19 school year, JLA students will take classes focused on marketing, finance and other business-related courses. To insure that students will continue to achieve their academic goals – and be prepared for college and a future of working in their chosen fields - several changes are being made to benfit students:

· High school students will follow a more traditional format of boys and girls taking their classes together so they can learn the interpersonal skills necessary for today’s workplace.

· The 7th and 8th grade students will continue to follow a gender-specific model, although they will be separated by class rather than wings of the school and girls in the other. Students will come together for school-wide activities and projects.

· Since technology is a focus at JLA, all 7th and 8th graders will receive a Chrome Book to help with their studies, while full-time high school students will be given mini-laptops.

These changes are being made with the best interests of our students in mind but we understand that there will be questions, so we’ve set the following meetings so you can learn more:

• Jones Leadership Academy: Wednesday, May 9 – 5:30 p.m.
• Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls: Thursday, May 10 – 5:30 p.m.
• MLK Academy for Boys – Thursday, May 10 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Diana Ruiz-Krause was named the new Director of Public Safety on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

A retired captain with the Toledo Police Department, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in law enforcement that she plans to put into practice to keep the students and staff members of TPS safe.

Mrs. Ruiz-Krause was born and raised in the south end of Toledo, and is also TPS Proud. She attended Marshall Elementary, Jones Jr. High School and Libbey High School for her freshman year, but graduated from Whitney High School.

After serving the department for nearly 34 years, she brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in law enforcement and leadership. She has worked in various positions that include patrolman, sergeant and lieutenant. Mrs. Ruiz-Krause has also worked in recruitment, personnel, planning, internal affairs, background investigations and at the Police Academy. She spent more than 13 years as captain and three as deputy chief.

She made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to become captain after ranking first in the promotional process. “It was a great moment. I worked hard, studied hard, prepared a lot and was very fortunate to rank first in the promotional process for captain and was promoted. It was a big achievement for me,” Mrs. Ruiz-Krause said.

After her retirement in June of 2017, it became apparent that she was not ready to retire. She felt as though there was more she could do, more she would like to accomplish. She saw a lot of opportunity at TPS to serve the students, staff members and families. Mrs. Ruiz-Krause shared that she was excited to get started because "working in a new environment is a challenge, and I’m always up for a challenge, I’m always up for new things."

Click here to see Mrs. Ruiz-Krause speak on safety issues: Safety Message