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A 4.9-mill bond issue combined with a 0.25 percent earned income tax for the Northwood Local Schools District will be on the May 6 primary election ballot.

A similar bond issue and income tax proposal on last November’s ballot was defeated by just two votes.

The money is needed to fund the construction of a 130,000 square foot building for prekindergarten through 12th grade. The state, as part of an Ohio School Facilities Commission project, would pay $11 million of the $33 million cost. Under Ohio law, districts must raise their portion of the funds before state funds can be released for the project.

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Plans call for the new building to be located at Lemoyne and Woodville roads, where the current schools are currently located. Lark, Northwood Elementary, Olney and the classroom section of the high school would be torn down.

“The two story academic wing on the north side of the high school would come down,” said Superintendent Greg Clark. The high school common spaces, including the gym and auditorium, would be “buttoned up” for future student and community use.

“Bringing everything under one roof is where the state and our committee came down as being the most efficient way for us to move forward for the next 50 years,” added Clark. “We’ll be a lot more efficient by operating just a single cafeteria and heating and cooling all in one place.”

The state was not very supportive of building a new school at the present location, he said.

“They had concerns that it is so close to I-280, that there are major rail lines to the south of the property, and a petroleum pipeline goes through the property along Lemoyne Road. The folks from Columbus described that property as perfect for industry,” he said. The present site is popular for residents because it is where the athletic facilities are located. Though the state has approved the current location, it still wants school officials to look for a better site.

“They would like us to look for a more suitable central location,” he said. “They’re willing to let us put it on our current site as long as we don’t have the opportunity to build on property that is centrally located. And as of right now, we don’t have anything centrally located. If we pass the bond and income tax in May, we have a year of planning before any ground gets broken. If an opportunity for a central location becomes available at that time that is reasonably priced, we would have to look at it.”

Aging buildings
The current school buildings are in bad shape, said Clark. The oldest school, Northwood Elementary, was built in 1938. The cost to renovate the buildings is not feasible.

“All the schools have major needs as far as infrastructure upgrades,” said Clark. A couple of the schools still have cloth covered electrical wire and old fuses. And to clean the floors, the custodian must unplug laptop charging carts overnight to avoid blowing a fuse.

“That’s how maxed out our power grid is in the buildings,” he said.

In addition, more demands are being placed on the staff and students.

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Authorities are still investigating bomb threats that occurred at the end of the classes Monday at two Oak Harbor schools.

No suspects have been found as of Wednesday, Oak Harbor Police Chief Steve Weirich said.

Officers are attempting to trace the source of the calls made to the Oak Harbor High School and Middle School shortly after 2:30 p.m. They believe the calls were made by a cell phone that can’t be tracked, the chief said.

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Toledo Mayor Michael Collins said he was told last Thursday that Dashing Pacific Group will present within six weeks an “outline” for the development of the Marina District.

In June 2011, city council voted 12-0 to sell 69 acres of the Marina District property to the Chinese developers for $3.8 million, but the contract stipulates that if there is no vertical development within five years the property reverts back to the city. Dashing Pacific also owns the nearby Docks restaurant complex in International Park.

Collins says he is looking forward to the Chinese company’s plans to develop the site along the Maumee River in East Toledo, but it may be too late. Later that day, he spoke to a room full of guests at a luncheon hosted by the East Toledo Club at the East Toledo Senior Center in Navarre Park, where he quoted the letter he said went back to the Chinese.

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An area educator and environmentalists were among those offering comments Tuesday on a draft report prepared as part of the application to extend the operating license of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant.

First Energy Nuclear Operating Co. is applying to extend the plant’s license for another 20 years.

A draft environmental impact report was the subject of two sessions conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the Camp Perry Conference Center.

Guy Parmigian, superintendent of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District, stressed the plant’s impact on the local economy.

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Woodmore Kindergarten Round-Up

Parents who have children who are or will be 5 as of Aug. 1, are invited to attend a meeting at Woodmore Elementary School, 708 W. Main St., Woodville, Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to explain what is needed for Kindergarten Screening and to sign up for screening, which will be held in June.

For more information, call 419-862-1070.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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