Saturday, May 18 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:15:38 GMT
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experienceFull Story >
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:04:39 GMT
The Tri-State's Germania Society is celebrating the birth of spring with their second annual Maifest. The celebration began Friday and continues on Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Full Story >
The Tri-State's Germania Society is celebrating the birth of spring with their second annual Maifest. The celebration began Friday and continues on Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.Full Story >
Witnesses in southwestern Virginia say a car has driven into a crowd at a parade. Several people appear to be hurt, but the nature of their injuries wasn't immediately known.Full Story >
About 50 to 60 people were injured Saturday when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small Virginia mountain town.Full Story >
OWENSVILLE, OH (FOX19) -
Every year, school administrators find it tougher and tougher to pay the bills, but one local superintendent has found a way to cover costs without turning to taxpayers.
When teachers in Neil Leist's district need supplies, they don't go to the store-- they clean out a business.
Patricia Fraley runs CTTS in Sharonville. On Wednesday afternoon, she donated desks, computers, office supplies, and a wipe board to the Clermont Northeastern Schools District.
"School districts locally might not be in so much trouble if they were utilizing his practices," said Fraley.
Leist asks local businesses to partner with his district. Owners get the change to get rid of old equipment along with a tax write-off, and Leist gets school supplies.
His office in Owensville is proof that his plan works.
"Everything you see in my office, and the cubicles you see here and the treasurer's office, we picked up all of those at the Federal Aviation Administration when they shut down their office in Lunken," said Leist.
Take a trip down the hall in the middle school in Owensville to the computer lab and find another hot spot for donations.
"Ninety-percent of the things in this room came from the Ford plant in Batavia," said Leist.
And the school's kitchen? It's full of gadgets donated from the same plant. Including everything from cabinets to an electronic tomato slicer.
"If I had to put a price tag on everything that we actually got from Ford and that we use?" asked Terri Hoerth, food service director. "I would say probably around 40-grand."
In all, Leist said he's brought in $3 million worth of equipment and supplies in the last five years.
Leist said he came up with the idea soon after he started his new job as superintendent of the CNE district in 2007. Leist said administrators were about to put another levy on the ballot, but he asked for some time to come up with another plan. He then received an email from the Federal Aviation Administration, asking if he wanted to take a few items from their old building. Leist said he'd take everything.
"They were going to have to pay someone 12 to 15 thousand to come in and remove everything so they were trying to get it out as much as possible," said Leist. "I said I'll do you a favor. I'll take everything. If you give us everything, and that's how it all got started."
Think employees mind the second-hand goods?
"Where I'm from, you use everything until it's done," said Chris Smith, assistant principal of the middle school. "I think what we do is great. I have absolutely no problem using a hand-me-down. It doesn't bother me a bit."
Other districts are taking note.
Leist said he's received numerous phone calls from other superintendents looking to learn about his practices. This year, Leist wrote the book on savings. $uperintendent $avings $tragies... Stretching the Taxpayer's Dollar in Your School is a step by step guide on how other district leaders can implement his plan.
However, halfway through the process, his wife Candy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She helped me write the book from day one and finished the last chapters in her hospital bed at the Ohio State Cancer Hospital. Even then, her first thought was helping the children.
"We had discussed a way we could give back to the school and a way we could give back to the community," said Candy Leist. "I knew while writing it, we were going to use that book for a scholarship fund."
The Leists created a scholarship fund. They've pledged to give one-thousand dollars to one student every year.
Leist said without his plan, the district would have certainly been forced to put a levy on the ballot.
"I know the computer end of it would not be near the end it is today," said Leist. 'We just would not have the money to do that. More than likely, there would have had to have been a levy."
Leist said the strategy is about more than saving more, but educating the children. Lately, he's started to focus on more educational partnerships where he asks businesses for donations in exchange for internships and work shadow programs.
Next week, Leist plans to meet with Ohio Governor John Kasich to share his tips.
As for what he does with any supplies they've received, but can't use? He said that he'll donate some items to other districts or he'll even hold auctions. The last one raised $11,000.
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >