The Press Newspaper
Mike Godfrey just finished his 22nd year as a teacher in the Eastwood school district, including the last 13 with its Gifted and Talented program.
He's made a positive impact with hundreds of students, but perhaps none more so than Eric Rutherford, a 2008 Eastwood graduate.
“I had Mr. Godfrey six times while I was in school, between fourth grade and senior year,” Rutherford said. “I always enjoyed the way he taught and how he pushed the students.”
Four teachers, Jan Preston, Cindy Avers, Barb Travis, and Barb Smith, will have given a combined 128 years teaching when they retire from Woodmore Schools at the end of this school year.
Jan Preston, who will retire this year after being at Woodmore for 39 years, has been a teacher and a full-time counselor. She has had a great impact on Woodmore students and staff.
Following a series of stories in The Press about a 67-year-old Northwood man who stopped breathing waiting 28 minutes for a rescue squad to arrive at his home on March 3, the public posted various comments about the stories on the newspaper’s website at www.presspublications.com
Ellen Mix, of Parc Rue, called 9-1-1 three times on the morning of March 3 to seek help for her husband, Tim, who was having problems breathing. By the time the Northwood rescue squad arrived 28 minutes later, Tim had stopped breathing. He was briefly revived, but died two days later at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center after suffering brain damage due to a lack of oxygen, said Ellen.
A city charter review committee comprised of seven residents has made two recommendations to update the charter.
The committee initially looked at seven issues in the charter, including: the number of members on city council and term limits of council and the mayor; the way vacancies are filled on council; publication of ordinances; residency requirement for the city administrator; civil service terms; and vacancies on council for military service.
Northwood Administrator Dennis Recker has recommended that council consider holding work sessions before city council meetings that would take the place of the city’s committee system.
Currently, the city has six committees, each comprised of three members of council, one of which is chairman of the committee. Those include Finance, Safety, Economic Development, Service, Environmental/Solid Waste, and Utilities committees. The mayor assigns members of council to each of the committees.
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