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HVAC Replacement at the John K. Lazares Alternative School


Sealed bids will be accepted by the Board of Education of the Warren County Educational Service Center (“Owner”) until 12:00 pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Treasurer’s Office, located at 1879 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 for the HVAC Replacement at the John K. Lazares Alternative School. The project site is located at the Warren County Career Center, located at 3527 State Route 48, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. The Bids shall be opened and read publicly. The probable cost for the total base bid construction contracts is $80,000. Bids shall include all labor, materials, equipment, special tools, and services required to complete the work in accordance with the Contract Documents. Plans and specifications for the Project may be examined at the Architect’s Office or at area Plan Rooms. Bidders may purchase copies of the Contract Documents from Key Blue Prints, Inc. 411 Elliott Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215, Fax 513-821-6333, Phone 513-821-2111. Each proposal shall contain the name of every person interested therein. Each proposal shall meet the regulations of Section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Guaranty in the form of either a Bid Guaranty and Contract Bond for the full amount of the bid (including add alternates) or a certified check, cashier’s check, or an irrevocable letter of credit in an amount equal to 10% of the bid amount (including add alternates), in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. No bids may be withdrawn within sixty (60) days after the bid opening. The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities in bids, to reject any or all bids, and to conduct such review as necessary to determine the responsibility of any bidder submitting a bid for the Project.

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Real Money Real World

Real Money

A huge Thank You to Steve Brady from the Warren County 4H Extension Office, and Christine Bensman, Warren County Learning Center for organizing the first Real Money Real World experience for the students at WCLC St. Mary Campus.  Special thanks to Theresa Dorgan for teaching the lessons leading up to the final project, all the staff and many volunteers for making this such a special day for the students.  The students loved the experience as they were randomly given jobs, as well as salaries. The children had to navigate the realities of finances as an adult.  Some of the comments from the students were:

  • “I loved every part of this – especially having to balance my money!”
  • “Kids are expensive! I’m only going to have one.”
  • “Wow the people with some college are making more money than me! “
  • “I have two kids so I bought a mini van because they play sports – and  I can afford it! “  

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Warren County ESC hosts a regional legislative meeting

Tom Isaacs and Regional legislative officials Warren County ESC was pleased to host a regional legislative meeting today.  The event was a joint meeting of the Mason Deerfield and Lebanon Chambers of Commerce. Senator Steve Wilson and Representatives Scott Lipps and Paul Zeltwanger provided updates on the state budget.




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Guitar displayed at WCESC's main lobby

guitar main lobbyIn the past 4 years, Sinclair College, has been very supportive of our Guitar Camps and the Guitar project at the Alternative School. Through Sinclair's generosity and the leadership of Tom Singer, over 70 students have built their own guitars. The project has been one of the most successful programs in terms of student engagement and learning. I like to also mention that the learning pedagogy thru the guitar project is closely aligned with the goals and objectives of Completion By Design initiative.

As a gesture of our appreciation for Sinclair's support we have displayed a guitar made by students at the alternative school in WCESC's main lobby signmain lobby.


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John Lazares Alternative School participates in the National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project

John Lazares Alternative School participated in the National Science Foundation STEM Guitar ProjectDuring the week of May 8, 2017, students at the John Lazares Alternative School participated in the National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project conducted by Sinclair Community College.

Fifteen students from eight different school districts took part in an intense five-day guitar design/build project. Each student built his/her own custom electric guitar and engaged in student centered learning activities that relate the guitar design to specific math, science and engineering topics. Each student also received an hour long session of guitar lessons each day. The students left this week-long experience with their custom-made guitars and curriculum modules with short term assessments. A huge thank you to Tom Singer and his staff from Sinclair Community College.

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Dr. George Sehi accepted a donation of $4000 from the Spirit of Construction

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-depot-construction-camp-june-tickets-32620331289Dr. George Sehi accepted a donation of $4000 from the Spirit of Construction to support our summer Home Depot construction camp.  We are deeply grateful for this generous support to help middle school students learn about construction trades in our summer camp. The camps will be held June 5-June 8, 2017 and July 17-July 20, 2017
registration can be found at by clicking here 

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Tom Isaacs welcomed Ohio Secretary of State John Husted to Warren County

Tom Isaacs welcomed Ohio Secretary of State John Husted Warren County ESC Superintendent Tom Isaacs welcomed Ohio Secretary of State John Husted to Warren County.  Secretary Husted was interested to learn about issues that are important to Warren County citizens.   School safety and mental health were among the issues Mr. Isaacs shared with Secretary Husted.

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2017 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship

On April 5, 2017 the Warren County ESC hosted the 2nd Annual Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award Program.  Participating school districts included Carlisle, Franklin, Greater Ohio Virtual School, Kings, Lebanon, Little Miami, Middletown, Springboro, Warren County Career Center, and Waynesville.  Several Warren County elected officials attended along with many school district administrators.

Each school district was asked to select their top academic student and submit their application to the Warren County ESC.  The students were honored at the banquet and presented with a $500 scholarship, a plaque, and a proclamation from Senator Wilson.

To show appreciation for our educators, students were asked to write a letter to an educator or mentor who has impacted their life.  The students read their letters aloud to the group and presented their recognized educator with a $250 cash award and framed copy of the letter.

Recognized educators/mentors included:  Beth Andrews, Annette Bowles, Lynn Brant, Danny Brooks, Rachel Castro, Merryann Evans, Randy Gray, Mark Rogal, Leslie Schleman, and Jodi Titmas.



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WCESC Superintendent Tom Isaacs receives C-Suite Award

tisaacsSuperintendent Tom Isaacs has been selected as a recipient of The C-Suite Award Class of 2017 by the editorial team at Venue Media, the publisher of Venue Magazine, Greater Cincinnati’s Lifestyle publication and LEAD Magazine, the Publication for Business Executives. 
The C-Suite Award honors our region’s leading chief executive officers, chairmen, chief operating, information, marketing, and financial officers and other C-level executives.  The criteria for the C-Suite Award is based on the individual’s invaluable contributions to their organization and our region as well as his/her personal leadership characteristics that cultivate a thriving and progressive community.

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The Transition Living Classroom recently painted our apartments thanks to a generous donation from Lowe’s

Painting is a valuable life and work skill incorporating teamwork, social, organization, and communication tlcskills. The TLC program received a generous donation from Lowe’s of South Lebanon. The store provided paint, brushes, drop cloths, and many other paint supplies. Our program, and the Warren County ESC cannot thank Lowe’s enough.

Having a community partner support our program in such a giving way is truly appreciated. We want to personally thank Ashlee Chambers, from the Lowe’s of South Lebanon Store, for assisting us with this project. She gathered all the materials for us and even came to the apartments to determine what our needs were.

Again, thank you to Lowe’s for their generosity and caring. The apartments look great!

Transition Living Classroom Staff

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Ribbon-Cutting To Celebrate The Opening Of Warren County Learning Center St. Mary Campus

ribbon cuttingOur students and staff of the Warren County Learning Center received the support of many community leaders as they officially celebrated classes moved from the Laura Farrell campus to the new St. Mary Campus.  Superintendent Tom Isaacs introduced many guests who attended the ribbon-cutting event.  Father Jim Manning offered his congratulations from the congregation of St. Mary of the Assumption, whose members had worshipped at that location for 140 years.  Franklin City Manager Sonny Lewis introduced members of the City Council and his staff, and offered a warm welcome to all guests.  Mr. Isaacs also introduced Ramesh Malhotra, who is the new owner of the former church building.  Mr. Malhotra explained his vision to use the former church facility as a music center.

Mr. Isaacs explained that staff of the Warren County Educational Service Center will use the former parish hall as classrooms to expand the services from the Laura Farrell School campus, and the house that was used for the St. Mary parish offices will be used for a new Adult Connections location that will assists handicapped adults who live in the Franklin area to find jobs.

St Marys RibbonPictured L to R:  Tom Isaacs, Superintendent, Jimmy Allen, Sally Williams, Nona Cress, Jiles Farley, Board Members, and Alleyn Unversaw, Chief Financial Officer.

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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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