Shannon Gilchrist, The Columbus Dispatch

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Past articles by Shannon:

Hilliard school district ready to open new, updated buildings

The first day of classes for Hilliard City Schools is Wednesday, about a week after the start for most other suburban districts in central Ohio. The district needs that extra time because it has spent the past nine weeks shuffling their school buildings.About 870 seventh- and eighth-graders will attend a new, $38 million Memorial Middle School at 2900 Walker Road. It's next door to Bradley High… → Read More

Ohio schools increase security, training after Parkland shootings

Megan May and Molly Bregar have no fear of returning to Akron’s Firestone High School this year — they’re just ready to continue the work they’ve started. Megan and Molly are among the thousands of students and community members across the country who mobilized to demand safer schools in the months after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February. And school districts have… → Read More

Despite early drenching rain, Festival Latino fans come out to eat, dance

Festival Latino buzzed with activity and foot traffic Saturday afternoon in Genoa Park, along the west bank of the Scioto River.By 2:30 p.m., the sunshine → Read More

Huge news at zoo: Phoebe the elephant pregnant

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced a huge development on Saturday morning.Phoebe, the zoo's 31-year-old Asian elephant, is pregnant, with the calf → Read More

Emerald Campus a different kind of high school for Dublin

Dublin schools' newest high school is not what one might expect in a school, so its equally unusual ribbon-cutting ceremony was apt.No oversized scissors → Read More

Franklin County had 691 school bus crashes in 2015-17, leading the state

Franklin County has had the most school bus crashes in Ohio in recent years, according to figures released this week by the State Highway Patrol.Between → Read More

'One goal' to beat cancer more than just a slogan for Pelotonia

Is a cure for cancer possible?"Absolutely!" said Dr. Sameek Roychowdhury without hesitation.The cancer doctor and researcher sat in his office at the Ohio State University Biomedical Research Tower recently, his bicycle parked next to his desk. Signs for the Pelotonia charity bicycle tour hung in the window, next to his desk and plastered across the hallway outside his office.Back in the early… → Read More

Reynoldsburg High School students make money and district gets buildings painted

Not many kids want to be in the classroom in July, but a group of Reynoldsburg High students signed up to be there every weekday at 7 a.m. They're getting → Read More

CSG program encourages girls to pursue computer science careers

Women are hugely underrepresented in computer science careers. That's something Lena Furci and the Columbus School for Girls aim to change.Starting in the → Read More

Berkeley can wait for Olentangy grad: He's got a business to run

One day in the near future, firefighters might be aided by a drone that reaches a fire before they can even get their gear on.En route, first responders → Read More

Licking Heights teacher's love for science, students earns her a national honor

Vicki Willett admitted sheepishly that she hated science when she was a kid, calling it dry.But it doesn't have to be like that.Just a week ago the Westerville resident was honored in Washington, D.C., for making science relevant and lively for her first-graders at Licking Heights West Elementary School in Blacklick.Willett was one of 106 U.S. teachers to be given the Presidential Award of… → Read More

Fairbanks superintendent leaving to run Sidney schools in Shelby County

The superintendent of Fairbanks Local Schools, in eastern Union County, is leaving his position at the end of July.Bob Humble, who has been Fairbanks superintendent for the past decade, will be moving to west central Ohio to lead the Sidney City Schools in Shelby County. The school board there chose him from a pool of 18 applicants and voted unanimously to hire him last week.With seven school… → Read More

Lots of school construction means lots of requests for levies, bond issues

A school construction boom underway in and near Franklin County could expand significantly after the Nov. 6 election.Five districts — Grandview Heights, Dublin, South-Western, Whitehall and Worthington — plan to approach voters this fall for the go-ahead to build.Others are farther along in the process. Groveport Madison schools will open a new high school in the fall. Canal Winchester schools… → Read More

Sexual misconduct probe of ex-Ohio State doctor extends to high schools

Investigators are now looking into whether a former Ohio State University physician, accused of sexual misconduct among the university's student athletes, → Read More

Camp gives high-schoolers high-tech printing experience, glimpse of future

A dozen teenagers from across central Ohio walked into camp almost a month ago, knowing little to nothing about computer-aided design or 3D printing.And → Read More

Worthington to add officers to its two high schools

After a second meeting filled with contentious debate, the Worthington Board of Education on Monday night voted 3-2 for adding school resource officers to → Read More

School resource officers: calming influence or unneeded police presence?

Fifteen school districts out of 19 in or near Franklin County have a police officer permanently stationed in at least some of their buildings.Only → Read More

Tentative timelines set for Columbus schools superintendent search

The next superintendent of Columbus City Schools might be announced in mid-October and on the job by January, under a timeline the Columbus Board of Education set with its hired search firm on Monday night.During a special meeting, representatives from Chicago-based B.W.P. & Associates advised board members that they need to broaden who they would consider for the job.Retired superintendents… → Read More

Olentangy teachers OK new 3-year contract, with raises each year

For the first time in years, teachers in the Olentangy schools near Powell will be operating under a multiyear contract.On Thursday, the Olentangy Board → Read More

Central Ohio schools absorbing Puerto Rican students in wake of hurricane

Whenever a world event forces people to move en masse, Ed Kennedy knows some of them inevitably end up in central Ohio.That is proving true yet again in → Read More