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Kindergarten mandate to end
Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill that relieves school districts of a requirement to offer all-day kindergarten and allows districts with existing kindergarten programs funded by tuition fees to continue charging the fees.

State Representative Randy Gardner, a sponsor of the bill, said it represents millions of dollars of savings for school systems by ending unfunded mandates.

It won passage in the Senate Tuesday by a voter of 25-8 and in the House Wednesday with a vote of 59-38.

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An agreement between Ohio farm organizations and a coalition of animal welfare advocates may be in jeopardy after a recent vote by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board that permits the confinement of veal calves in crates so small they’re unable to turn around.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, said the 6-5 vote by board members violates a provision of the agreement which phases out the use of veal crates and if the vote stands, the Humane Society may decide to renew a ballot initiative sponsored by the coalition.

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Renovations totaling nearly $25,000 are expected to take place soon at the Genoa Senior Center.

Upgrades at the facility, located at 514 Main St. near Genoa Town Hall, include a new entryway, electronic doors, replacing the ADA ramp at the rear of the building, reinstalling a curb ramp in the front and miscellaneous carpentry necessary to make the repairs, according to Todd Bickley, director of the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission.

Costs are being shared by two sources. A $21,430 Community Development Grant, administered through the planning commission, covers the bulk of the project. The village will kick in another $3,875.

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Wood County
State of the county address set for Tuesday
Wood County Commissioners James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins will present the annual state of the county address March 15 at 8 a.m. in the Courthouse Complex Atrium in Bowling Green.

The commissioners will give their perspectives on the important events that occurred in the county during 2010, as well as goals for 2011.

The event is sponsored by the Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Economic Development Commission. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 7:30 a.m.

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For Oregon City Schools Superintendent Mike Zalar, a trip to China last April resulted in more than just great memories of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. The trip may open doors to a more global and international way of teaching and learning.

Zalar, along with eight other superintendents from across Ohio, spent a little over two weeks participating in the China Exchange Initiative. The trips were funded by the Freeman Foundation, a program that facilitates educational exchange programs between schools in many states and provinces in the United States and China at the pre-college level.

The program is also sponsored in coordination with the Ohio Department of Education, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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