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A group of teachers from the University of Toledo visited the Oregon City Schools District on July 5 to learn about the benefits of installing wind turbines on school campuses and about their performance and energy saving capabilities.

Dennis Slotnick, a Clay High School science instructor, met with the teachers, who expressed considerable interest in the turbines at Eisenhower Middle School and Clay High School. The turbines generate electricity by wind and provide power to the schools, thereby cutting costs in utility bills.

A proposal to enact a fee for all-day kindergarten in the Genoa Schools has been dropped – for now.

An estimated $100 a month fee was slated to begin for the 2012-13 school year when Genoa administrators were rifling through a slew of possible cuts and fees last year to offset a projected $1.2 million in budget losses over a two-year period.

Toledo Edison shut down a 900 kilowatt wind turbine installed at Clay High School in May because it is missing a trip switch that would prevent backfeeding of electrical energy to and from Edison’s substation.

“The turbine is perfect,” said Dean Sandwisch, business manager for the Oregon City Schools District. “Edison is requiring a shut down switch that would stop the turbine from operating and backfeeding into the system in the event of an electrical mishap, such as a lightning strike. And we’re working to accommodate Edison.”

A forwarded school email helped Woodmore teacher Ellen Saffran get a free trip to San Diego.

Saffran, 36, who has been a biology teacher at Woodmore for the past five years, will be in Southern California from July 16-20 attending Honeywell’s Green Boot Camp.

“I’ve been to San Diego once, about four years ago,” said Saffran, a Port Clinton resident. “I worked on a Rose Bowl float. I used to teach floral design with Toledo Public Schools. They (Rose Bowl parade committee) take volunteers all the time.”

Federal and state wildlife officials working in conjunction with academic researchers announced six water samples taken from Sandusky and north Maumee bays in Lake Erie tested positive for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA in Michigan and Ohio waters.

If the carp find their way into Lake Erie, it could affect the fishing and boating industries and the local economy, said Sandy Bihn, executive director for Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Inc.

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