Category Archives: Feature Post

COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools

As education and public health officials contemplate complex decisions related to school closures, bans on public gatherings, and other measures to slow the spread of Coronavirus, you are faced with having to make swift and confident recommendations and decisions that affect your students, staff and school community.  By now, you have begun the necessary collaboration […]

Pipeline Reassessment Status Update

You may have heard that several pipeline companies, including Rover and Nexus, have filed petitions for reassessment with the Ohio Department of Taxation (“ODT”) for significant reductions in their public utility tax assessments.  The reassessment of public utilities is governed by R.C. 5727.47.  Under the statute, ODT is required to send notice of a petition […]

UPDATE: Supreme Court of Ohio to Hear Bullying Appeal

The Supreme Court of Ohio has accepted an appeal from the Toledo City School District regarding personal liability of school teachers and administrators in cases involving bullying.  The appeal was taken from the Sixth Appellate District’s August reversal of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas’ grant of summary judgment. (A.J.R. v. Bd. of Educ., […]

The 4-1-1 on New Changes to R.C. 3313.411

House Bill 166 took effect last month, reducing the two-year requirement of ORC 3313.411 to one year.  ORC 3313.411 now requires a school district with school facilities that have been unused for one year to offer to lease or sell those facilities to community schools, STEM schools, or college-preparatory boarding schools located within the district’s geographical […]

New Property Tax Exemption Requirement for Community Schools

Under Section 5709.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, real property used by a community school for educational purposes is exempt from real property taxes.   The exemption applies if the community school owns its facility or if the community school leases its facility from a landlord.  The exemption must be applied for by the property owner […]

U.S. News Ranks BSPK as a 2015 “Best Law Firm” in Education Law

The 2015U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” ranked Britton Smith Peters & Kalail as a “Best Law Firm” in education law.  The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes thousands of clients, highly skilled lawyers, and law firm representatives. According to U.S. News and its evaluation criteria, education law deals […]