Regular Board Meeting Live Stream 09-26-2023

A board meeting will take place Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Cafetorium at the Warren G. Harding High School, 860 Elm Rd. NE, Warren, Ohio 44483. This meeting is open to the public. All participants must follow social distancing and Covid-19 protocols. Click the link below to view the live stream.


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Public participation (via email in advance) will be considered at, questions, comments and concerns must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.  Submission must include name and address.

WCS Superintendent/CEO Steve Chiaro replies to ‘factually inaccurate’ Warren Tribune Chronicle editorial

Superintendent/CEO Steve Chiaro’s letter to the community regarding the inaccurate editorial published by the Warren Tribune Chronicle on September 17, 2023.

Warren City Schools Superintendent/CEO Steve Chiaro, in a letter to the Warren community, has replied to factually inaccurate information included in an editorial published in the Warren Tribune Chronicle on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.

The Tribune inaccurately reported that “Enrollment in Warren City Schools dropped a whopping 25 percent between 2019 and 2022.”

Please read the Superintendent’s Full Letter Here.

The Tribune refused to publish the Superintendent’s letter as a paid advertisement.

WCS Preschool Celebrates Grandparents!

Warren City Schools observed Grandparents Day with special tours, crafts and snacks with our preschoolers and special guests at all five of the district’s preschools.

Teachers, staff and students were overwhelmed with joy at the incredible response from our guests.

National Grandparents Day is observed each September on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Over the past few weeks, our preschoolers have dedicated some of their classroom time to welcoming our guests.

Eligible WGH students sign up to vote in the November 2023 General Election

Some Warren G. Harding High School students observed National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, by registering to vote.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority helped eligible students register at Harding during the school’s four lunch periods.

Ohio citizens are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If an individual will be 18 on or before the general election, he or she may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but cannot vote on issues or party central committees until the age of 18.

Class in Session for WCS Staff on 1st Waiver Day of 2023-2024

Class was in session for Warren City Schools staff on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023.

The district’s first waiver/professional learning day of the 2023-2024 school year was packed with sessions on topics ranging from social and emotional learning (SEL), early learning, the fundamentals of preschool and the Science of Reading.

The staff also spent time reviewing state testing results and soon-to-be-released State Report Card data.

Facilitators included R. Keeth Matheny, a nationally known SEL teacher, speaker and author, and Robbie Rowan of Safe and Civil Schools. Rowan conducted training on the district’s behavior intervention framework.

Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. J. Christopher Woolard, Dr. Melissa Weber-Mayer, Ohio Department of Education Literacy Chief, and Melissa Kmetz, Ohio Teacher of the Year, visited the district on Waiver Day, spending time observing some of the sessions.

Here are some photographs highlight some of the activities:  

Warren High Schools’ Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations for the Class of 2024

WARREN – The Warren City Schools Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame committee is currently accepting nominations for the Class of 2024. 

“Outstanding graduates” will be inducted during the 32nd Annual Ceremony in Spring 2024.

Honorees are those graduates who have made significant contributions in their fields, as well as society, the state or on a global scale. A nominee must be a graduate of one the three Warren public high schools: Warren High School, Warren G. Harding High School or Warren Western Reserve High School. 

The first class of the Hall of Fame was inducted on May 14, 1993.

Anyone who knows a well-qualified or deserving graduate who has been out of high school for at least 12 years can fill out a nomination form. Nomination forms are available at the Board of Education Office. Or, you may download a nomination form through this link: WCS’ DHOF 2024 Nomination Form.  Nomination forms are also available through the Warren City Schools’ website at under Alumni Hall of Fame.

Nominations should be mailed to Alumni Hall of Fame, 105 High Street NE, Warren, Ohio 44481. The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2023.

State Superintendent sees ‘great things happening’ in WCS

For the second time in two months, Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. J. Christopher Woolard was on site at Warren City Schools on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, getting a closer look at the work taking place inside the district.

Dr. Woolard lauded the strides the district has made in focusing on early learning, advancing student literacy and improving overall attendance.

“There are some great things going on here in Warren City Schools. We’re seeing some great things happening in this district,” Dr. Woolard said.

Steve Chiaro, Warren City Schools Superintendent/CEO, led Dr. Woolard, Dr. Melissa Weber-Mayer, Ohio Department of Education Literacy Chief, and Melissa Kmetz, Ohio Teacher of the Year, through a series of professional learning sessions attended by district staff. Warren City Schools Chief Academic Officer Wendy Hartzell accompanied the group on the tour.

Highlighted topics included social and emotional learning (SEL), fundamentals of preschool and the Science of Reading. The staff also spent time reviewing state testing results and soon-to-be-released State Report Card data.   

Woolard said he is impressed by the district’s commitment to providing professional development to staff, establishing a “great” school culture, and recognizing and addressing the barriers some students face.

“It was a pleasure spending a couple of hours with Ohio’s interim state superintendent, visiting sessions of dedicated educators committed to their individual professional development and growth, supporting the academic success of children in the City of Warren,” said Warren City Schools Superintendent/CEO Steve Chiaro.

In August, Woolard accompanied Gov. Mike and First Lady Fran DeWine during a visit to Warren City Schools when they discussed the newly announced statewide ReadOhio literacy initiative.

During the earlier visit, state leaders received input from Warren teachers about their work to improve literacy.

“Hosting Dr. Woolard on Wednesday during our waiver day was a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate some of the work taking place within the district,” Hartzell said. “When you have such an extraordinary staff that works so hard on a daily basis to serve our students, and then to have that work recognized by our state education leaders, it reaffirms once more our commitment to our work and to the future of our students.” 

Tailgating at Jefferson: Students, staff celebrate successful start to year

Jefferson PK-8 students and teachers celebrated their successful start to the new school year with a tailgate party.

Students have successfully been working on their PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) skills building wide throughout the school day and the tailgate party served as an opportunity to recognize them for their accomplishments so far this year!

PBIS is a set of ideas and tools that schools use to improve students’ behavior.

On Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, students enjoyed nachos and juice, visiting with their classmates, a dance party, and games.

Tailgating pictures highlight Sept. 1 activities at Jefferson PK-8.

WGH HS has two new National African American Recognition Program Scholars!

Warren G. Harding High School seniors Mia Jones and Sarah Bell each have been named a National African American Recognition Program Scholar by the College Board.

Sarah is considering a visual communications career while Mia is looking at a possible career in radiology. Both are hoping to attend The Ohio State University.

The College Board’s National African American Recognition Program is an academic honor for academically exceptional African American students who have scored in the top 10 percent of the state on the PSAT or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP exams by their junior year. To qualify, they must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students can include the academic honor in college and scholarship applications. The program also helps students connect with universities and scholarship programs across the country by sharing their achievements in the College Board Student Search Service. 

As a result, students will receive outreach from colleges that may include special recognition or scholarship information. About 1,500 four-year colleges use the College Board Student Search Service.

Are you a good friend? Willard PK-8 students talk basics about treating their classmates & others with kindness & respect.

It’s all about “How to be a Good Friend” for the first few months of school at Willard PK-8.

For the first nine weeks of the 2023-2024 school year, Willard PK-8 school is focusing on the SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) theme: Connections with the focus on Friendship. 

Teachers are doing weekly SEL lessons that coincide with the theme and each pod has an assembly for each grade level so students understand the meaning behind it. 

“We want students to understand what it means to be a good friend and also discuss when someone is not being a good friend,” explained PK-2 Pod Principal and Campus Leader Carly Polder.

Student work focused on Friendship is on display throughout the school building.

Students watch videos featuring staff depicting good and bad behavior. They are also given scenarios and, after discussing them among their classmates and teacher, share whether they think it was good behavior or bad behavior.

One highlight includes introducing students to the “Buddy Bench.” Students are encouraged to talk to or play with any classmate sitting on the Buddy Bench alone.