Toledo Public Schools has once again partnered with the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio (AGC of NW Ohio) to offer a summer Construction Camp for students who are interested in the fields associated with construction.

Last week, 25 students from high schools across the district visited local jobsites to learn more about what it takes to become a successful skilled tradesperson.

Mary Gregory, executive vice president of the AGC of NW Ohio, knows how important it is to engage students early so they get a true understanding of the construction field.

“Experts have declared that for every 10 jobs that are currently available, one requires an applicant to have a master’s degree or higher, two require a bachelor’s degree and the remaining seven jobs require credentials and skills that are better developed in practical programs such as an apprenticeship, a two-year associate degree or certificate program,” Ms. Gregory says.

Students toured several local construction sites including the new ProMedica Toledo Hospital Generations Tower project, the Mercy Health Partner Oncology project and two renovation jobs at Bowling Green State University.

These visits featured jobsite tours and lunch with crew members, as well as hands-on construction activities. The goal was to help interested students understand the math and science skills, as well as the mechanical aptitude, needed for these jobs.

Don Huss, secretary/treasurer of Ohio/Kentucky Bricklayers Local 3, helped coordinate the Construction Camp visits and projects.

“It requires many industry resources to offer construction jobsite visits to high school students,” Mr. Huss explained. “The more students and educators are exposed to the vast number of career paths available in the construction industry, the more local skilled tradespeople we can develop.”

Posted on June 9, 2016

A special notice from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department:

New school immunization requirements for 7th and 12th graders could make back-to-school season busier than ever for parents, doctors and the Shots 4 Tots n Teens staff at the health department. Parents are urged to make sure that their child’s immunizations are up-to-date before the start of the new school year.

New for the 2016/2017 school year, Ohio law requires:
7th graders must have 1 dose of Tdap and 1 dose of meningitis vaccine
12th graders must have a booster dose of meningitis vaccine (unless the first dose is given after the student’s 16th birthday)

Evidence of the vaccine must be submitted to your child’s school by October 1, 2016.

According to Dr. David Grossman, health commissioner of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department: “Although it’s rare, meningitis can be fatal. Protecting our children and community is at the heart of the new requirements for 7th and 12th graders” Prevention of meningococcal disease is critical because it can be mistaken for flu or other viral infections and adolescents and young adults are among those at greatest risk for the disease.

Vaccinations during the teen years helps provide protection against vaccine preventable diseases through adulthood. In addition to the meningitis vaccine, 7th graders are required to receive a Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine. Parents are encouraged to make a well child appointment with their child’s doctor.

Vaccinations are available through the Shots 4 Tots n Teens immunization clinics for children from birth through 18 years at locations throughout Lucas County. Parents are reminded to bring their child’s shot record and insurance card.

Details are available at or by calling 419-213-4121.

Posted on May 27, 2016

It’s been another successful year for Toledo Public Schools and now it’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2016.  Starting Wednesday, June 1, at 4 p.m. and concluding Friday evening, seven graduation ceremonies will be held.

The dates, times and locations are listed below:
Wednesday, June 1:
• Toledo Technology Academy, CECC Auditorium, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 2:
• Bowsher High School, Stranahan Theater, 10 a.m.
Scott High School, Scott Field House, 2 p.m.
• Start High School, Savage Hall, 5 p.m.
• Rogers High School, Stranahan Theater, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 3:
• Woodward High School, Woodward’s gym, 10 a.m.
• Waite High School, Waite’s Grant/Murray Fieldhouse, 7:30 p.m.

Posted on May 27, 2016

Waite High School students A.J. Bertram and Boston Demecs admit they had some trouble adjusting to high school because they weren't as academically gifted as other classmates.

That is, until they were introduced to the carpentry program at their school as juniors and successfully became part of its unique School to Work program.

Now a senior, A.J. is earning $12 an hour working three hours each school afternoon with the Speiker Co.,helping to build the King Road Branch Library at the corner of King Road and Sylvania Avenue. Boston is working with Lakeside Interior Contractors on the sports complex for Perrysburg schools and can't wait for his upcoming graduation so he can join the carpentry union and eventually become a foreman.

Three other students ~ Amberlee Hunsaker, Chris McMillan and Zach Camp - are also being paid to work on job sites, looking forward to graduation and full-time jobs.

There are 10 contractors that have hired 17 students from the carpentry class over the last five years.

The School to Work program is just one example of the proactive approach being taken by the leaders of the Career Tech program within Toledo Public Schools, a program that offers students 31 career paths to explore while still in high school.

“We are trying to do a better job of aligning students with their skill set and their career interest, so the emphasis on education is on career development now,” Tom Dimitrew, director of agriculture, construction and engineering technologies, told The Blade. “We’ve sort of blindly sent students down a college-only path as a marker of success and that … is not a guarantee.”

The mission of TPS - to produce competitive college and career ready graduates through a rigorous curriculum - is one that Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent, is passionate about, and developing partnerships between area businesses and students is key for him.

The reason, he says, is providing students with jobs in good-paying industries will help Toledo develop a vibrant middle class again. His drive to offer students a wide variety of Career Tech options stems from a visit he made to Germany in 2014, when he saw first hand an apprenticeship system in which major corporations pour millions of dollars into the training of their young workers.

“Among people ages 16 to 24, only 7 percent of them are unemployed,” Dr. Durant said shortly after his visit. “Everyone is contributing to the local economy. They can pay for themselves; choice becomes an option.”

It is a message that is being eagerly received by local companies such as Lakeside Interior. Randy Hayes, the company's safety director and an enthusiastic supporter of Dr. Durant and students like Boston, is a firm believer.

"I was one of those kids and I found this and I have a nice career," he says.

To learn more about the 31 Career Tech programs that TPS offers - and to fill out an interest form - students and their families should go to the Career Tech tab under Schools at or they can click here:

To read more about Waite's School to Work program, click here for a Blade report: or here for a Channel 11 report:

Posted on May 13, 2016



Old Orchard Elementary students are benefitting from a unique partnership with students from the University of Toledo.

A celebration was held recently to mark the end for the school year of the UT Book Buddies program, which had UT students coming to the elementary school to implement learning strategies they were learning in Literacy and Reading Development for Young Children (CI 3460:002).

The class, taught by Professor Susan Parks, covers such topics as the study of literacy development, literacy-related instructional practices and materials, understanding the reading process and teaching for comprehension, writing development, reading-writing conventions and visual literacy as well as related state and national standards.

The UT students completed field work by working with the kindergarten students at Old Orchard.

Studies have shown that early literacy efforts will help students find success in later grades.

Posted on April 29, 2016