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Demolition of the Lake High School building could begin this week after the school board and the district’s insurer reached an agreement the building should be completely razed.

Tim Krugh, board president, Thursday said the board and Traveler’s Insurance Co. concluded negotiations that morning with the company agreeing to the full coverage limit of $19.1 million for the building.

Traveler’s had taken the position that about half of the building - mostly classroom and office space in the west end  - was salvageable and could be repaired.

“It took a little longer than we would have liked but the outcome was good,” Krugh said. “The settlement allows us to move forward in earnest with the rebuilding process.”

Negotiations between the parties stretched over three months since the June 5 tornado swept through the area.

Jim Witt, district superintendent, said preliminary work on designing a new building has begun and the board and administration are committed to having a new building open for students by the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Total damage to the building, including contents, could reach $25 million, Krugh said. In all, the district incurred losses of about $30 million, including damage to other buildings.

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The Oregon school board will slash $2 million from the district’s operating budget for the 2011-12 school year if an emergency operating levy on the November ballot fails, according to a position statement the board is considering.

Superintendent Mike Zalar said Wednesday he expected the board to approve the statement at its meeting the next day. The statement outlines what cuts will be enacted if voters don’t approve the levy.

With $2 million less for operations, a total 20 teaching and support staff positions will be eliminated.

The district will also apply for a waiver from the state to reduce the kindergarten program from all-day everyday to all-day every other day.

Zalar said a plan to close one elementary school and/or reconfigure the district would immediately be implemented and the Career and Tech program offerings would be eliminated.

The position statement also says the board will:
• Increase athletic participation fees.

• Eliminate or significantly reduce bus service for all high school students, including parochial.

• Reduce cleaning services in buildings effective January, 2011.

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Jockey Ed Schimmel rode the Miracle League’s “Speedy” to a come-from-behind first place photo finish in the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce Charity Derby Horse Race Wednesday night at Oak Shade Grove.

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Laurie Durrant and Tia Meyer of Bay
Park Community Hospital with their
horse "Wot's Up Doc."

About 75 people arrived for the stick horse stakes race, which accompanied the chamber’s annual steak roast.

Along with hundreds of dollars raised through raffles and a silent auction for three other charities designated by the chamber, six horses were auction for a total of nearly $1,000. The three horses with the top auction value were entered into the derby.

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John Solfalvi, Curtice, checks out some
of the bikes at the 14th annual Grub 'n
Suds, Elmore.
Becky Brown, of the motorcycle group Women in
the Wind, displays some of her merchandise.
(Photos by Ken Grosjean)

High school freshman Paul Cox III is planning to join the Marines after high school. Afterwards, he wants to work

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Under supervision from Boat Building Class
instructor, Rick Brown, students Imalai Estrada,
Paul Cox, Brittany Carr and Aylinda Estrada
apply principles in naval architecture and
mathematics to construct a boat. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

 in the maritime industry.

“I would love nothing more than to just be out on the water for weeks at a time and just be out on a boat. It’s just calming for me to be out on the water,” said Paul.

Paul lives in Oregon with his parents Paul II and Julie Cox. Like his older brother and younger sister, Paul III was home-schooled — until last year.

After looking into parochial and public schools, Paul and his family began researching charter high schools. Paul decided he wanted to attend The Maritime Academy of Toledo, a grade 5-12 nautical themed public school located on Water Street adjacent to the Maumee River near downtown.

Paul enrolled into the academy’s eighth grade class one year ago, and like other students there, he is referred to as a “cadet.”

Students can graduate with a high school diploma and earn a two-year college degree at the same time. Now that he is a freshman at TMAT, Paul is also taking post-secondary classes at Lourdes College.

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