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Several students who were enrolled in the Oregon Career and Technology Center filed a lawsuit against the Oregon City Schools district for breach of contract, negligence and fraud in the Court of Common Pleas of Lucas County on Dec. 18.

The students, who were taking a Green Energy, Electrical & Environmental Specialist Program at the Center, allege that the program failed to live up to its promise to prepare them to work in the renewable energy industry.

The defendants are identified in the lawsuit as “John Does” who are administrators, employees and/or agents of the Oregon City Schools doing business as the Oregon Career & Technology Center.

The defendants, alleges the lawsuit: promised several hours of instruction in various subjects related to the renewable energy industry; represented in a student handbook “certain mission statements, statements of historical facts, policies, rules, regulations, objectives, accreditations, and accomplishments”; provided students a daily calendar for the program, “setting forth certain class schedule representations”; and made representations to entice students to enroll in the Green Energy, Electrical & Environmental Specialist Program.

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The Genoa school board has scheduled a special meeting for Jan. 19 to review contract bids for the construction of a new elementary school building.
Bid packages were opened Dec. 23.

According to Bill Nye, district treasurer, in total the bids are about $1.4 million less than the board and administration were expecting.

With the lower bids, the board will have the option to consider alternatives for several different components of the building construction, he said.

For example, the board could look at having a metal roof installed instead of a shingle roof, Nye said, adding a metal roof typically would have a longer warranty.

“With the lower bids we can go from a very good building to an even better building that is more cost efficient,” he said.

Another option the board may consider would be better flooring.

The original bid estimates by the board were:
• General trades contract - $6.8 million
• Food service contract - $307,620
• Fire protection contract - $214,460
• Plumbing contract - $580,580
• HVAC contract - $1.4 million
• Electrical contract - $2.03 million

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Area school administrators agree there are many benefits for children to be enrolled in an all-day, everyday kindergarten program.

Then there is the ever present issue of having to fund it.

State Representative Randy Gardner last week offered sponsor testimony for a bill he introduced in November that would exempt districts from a requirement in the state’s biennium budget for all-day kindergarten and what he says are other unfunded mandates.

“The state operating budget has already cut state aid to school funding by $497 million, and these mandates will only further the financial burden of many school districts during this economic turmoil,” he said.

His bill, HB 366, directs the Ohio School Funding Advisory Council to identify unfunded or underfunded school mandates enacted in the budget.  A member of the council, Rep. Gardner says he’s already raised concerns at the panel’s first meeting.

“Under the new biennial budget, every school district for the first time in decades saw a significant cut to their funding. When enacted, my legislation will allow each school district’s board of education to decide if they can adopt the new education regulations, taking into account each district’s budgetary constraints,” Gardner said.

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Seven businesses in Ottawa County sold alcohol to minors during a recent undercover operation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department while 11 businesses turned away those attempting to buy.

Sheriff’s detectives, working with Ottawa County Creative Alcohol Related Enforcement (CARE), conducted the operation in December.

The employees who sold alcohol to the minors will receive a summons to appear in Ottawa County Municipal Court to face first degree misdemeanor charges. Letters will also be sent to the businesses to inform them of the purchases.

The sales occurred at Herb’s Sportsman’s Supplies, Port Clinton; Dean’s Place, Marblehead; Bayshore Country Market, Marblehead; Shell Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; County Line Store, Port Clinton, and Pat’s Party Mart, Port Clinton.

The 11 businesses that didn’t sell will be notified by letter from the sheriff’s department that includes the attempted date and time of the purchase and recognizing the store’s compliance with the law.

The businesses that didn’t sell to the minors are: Friendship BP, Port Clinton;  Speedway, Port Clinton; Midway Carry Out, Port Clinton; Shell Mickey Mart, Lakeside; Friendship Sunoco, Lakeside; Mutach’s Market, Marblehead; Erie Food Market, Lakeside; A&A Market, Lakeside; Sunoco Friendship, Port Clinton; Rich’s Drive Thru, Port Clinton; Wozniak’s Sunoco, Port Clinton.

Ohio law sets the legal drinking age at 21.
 

Village Administrator Garth Reynolds has postponed receiving slightly more than $9,000 in pay.

Village council, at a special meeting in late December, approved $6,000 in retroactive merit pay for Reynolds, who was also expected to receive a 3 percent raise (or $3,023), according to his three-year contract.

He is currently paid $67,171 annually.

In a letter to Genoa Mayor Mark Williams, Reynolds deferred the merit pay indefinitely and stated he would go without the salary hike until Jan. 1, 2011 or until the time when other village workers receive raises.

Mayor Williams was not available for comment regarding Reynolds’ evaluation and subsequent merit pay approval.

Reynolds, who has worked for the village since November 2007, said raises for the nearly 20 village workers were discussed but were put off because of the economy.

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