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Warren County services aim to curb teen substance abuse

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Lisa Knodel
Contributing Writer

While Ohio is dealing with a growing opioid epidemic, Warren County leaders are making a difference by educating youth about the dangers of substance abuse.

“An adolescent’s perception of risks associated with substance use is an important determinant in whether or not he or she engages in a substance. This is why prevention and education efforts are so important,” said Kim Sellers, Warren County Educational Service Center coordinated care program director, who oversees the county’s school programs. “Additionally, many of our young people will say it’s ‘just marijuana,’ and because of legalization in some states as well as medical marijuana, many feel the risk is low. What adolescents don’t realize is that the adolescent brain is not fully developed until their early twenties, and marijuana has a tremendous impact on the developing brain.”

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alicekeA capacity crowd of 80+ teachers, curriculum and technology integration specialists  filled Warren County ESC on Monday, February 6th for Going Beyond Click This with Google Classroom guru, Alice Keeler.

This intermediate Google Classroom workshop was a fast paced energetic learning community. “The beauty of Alice’s workshops is that she doesn’t just teach tech. Alice focuses on good instructional practices using technology. Everyone walked out inspired with ideas to try in their classrooms the next day!” Technology Integration Specialist.

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Project Warren County helps students with autism

            Project Warren County helps students with autism         The transition from school to work can be daunting for anyone, but Kris needed extra support as he faced communication, behavior and sensory challenges.

He recently interned at the University of Cincinnati’s recreational center, cleaning workout equipment and learning the skills needed to succeed at work as a young adult with disabilities — all through Project Warren County, a partnership between the Warren County Educational Service Center and the college.

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Former Warren County church to become special education school


A former Franklin church will see new life as a special education learning center.

The former St. Mary Catholic Church in downtown Franklin has been sold to the Warren County Educational Service Center.

WCESC Superintendent Tom Isaacs confirmed the sale, which was finalized Tuesday.

WCESC purchased for $400,000 the entire campus, which included the former church, rectory, garage, parish hall and a parking lot across the street. That was below the church’s asking price of about $650,000, according to Isaac.

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WCESC Receives High Performing Designation

The Warren County ESC recently received the High Performing Designation from the Ohio Department of Education.  This designation is due in part to a reported 35% savings representing a significant value we’re able to provide to our school districts.  We’re proud of this designation and our commitment to providing quality services to area school districts.

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