Hirzel leaving Lake school board
The Lake Board of Education is accepting applications to fill the seat being vacated by Eric Hirzel, who announced during last week’s board meeting he is moving out of the school district.
Applications are available at the board office or can be printed from the district’s website.
The deadline is Jan. 30.
Board members plan to meet Jan. 31 to review them and intend to have the vacancy filled by the regular February meeting.
Eastwood to tighten security
Eastwood school officials will be spending part of this week deciding what security equipment they’ll purchase for the district’s buildings.
Superintendent Brent Welker said the administration has received the last of three proposals for installing cameras, buzzer systems, and monitors in all of the buildings.
He and the school board will also be developing protocols for visitors.
“I think it is safe to say changes are coming and parent access to classrooms will be greatly limited. We will ask parents to drop things off in the office, and either we will call students down or deliver items to the classroom,” he writes in his weekly newsletter.
The administration is also looking at retrofitting windows with a product that will keep the glass from shattering.
Sheriff appointed to commission
Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, Joseph D. Powell, of Delaware, and I. Mike Cohen, Dublin, have been re-appointed to the Ohio Private Investigation and Security Services Commission for terms beginning Jan. 4 and ending Dec. 31, 2017.
B-C-S board to meet
The organizational meeting of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education will be Jan. 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. The board’s regular meeting will follow at 6:15 p.m. in the board office, 11685 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
Debt rating secure
Gov. John Kasich's proposal to issue $1.45 billion in new bonds through the Ohio Turnpike Commission to fund transportation projects is not expected to negatively impact the quality of existing OTC debt, according to a new Fitch Ratings report.
The report was highlighted in a recent story by Reuters.
Gov. Kasich's announcement comes after a 10-month study evaluating different options, including privatization, which was rejected.
While Ohio's consultant report noted that a 50-year lease of the turnpike could generate $3.3 billion - $4 billion, the state chose not to privatize as the analysis included toll increases above the rate of inflation for EZ-Pass users.
In the announced plan, OTC intends to limit toll increases to inflation for 10 years and then possibly increase rates by 10 percent every 10 years thereafter.
Organizing for 2013
The Ottawa County commissioners will meet Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. in special session for the annual organizational meeting.