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As of Thursday, three children of a Lake Township couple involved in a dispute with the local school system were still not attending classes while their parents were considering home schooling them.
Jeff Hoff and Kristy Hunter said they had concerns about the safety of the children after reading comments on the district’s website and Facebook page that “bashed” the family.
Toledo Public Schools is asking voters to approve Issue 20, a 4.9 mill 10-year operating levy. The levy would cost the owner of a $60,000 home $90.04 annually and the owner of a $100,000 home $150 per year.
Superintendent Dr. Jerome Pecko’s said TPS had an unexpected savings in expenditures of $8 million, but must go to the ballot. He said no additional revenue has been received, and the deficit for next year is still projected at $4 million.
He added that because of the $8 million savings, the board chose to lower the levy request from 6.9 mills to 4.9 mills. Pecko said TPS has not had an increase in operating expenses since 2001.
Pecko said savings from a transformation plan, fewer students attending charter and parochial schools and a bond refinancing has allowed the district to reduce the amount of this levy request.
The Ottawa County sheriff is updating policing contracts his department has with Allen and Portage townships.
Sheriff Steve Levorchick recently had a meeting with Portage Township trustees and has been in talks with the Allen Township trustees, he said. His plan, he said, is to review the contracts held under his new leadership and make any changes necessary. That review will include examining hours, compensation rates and other issues.
Jail garden lauded by state auditor
Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost has recognized Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer’s efforts to save tax dollars, presenting the sheriff with the first-ever Auditor of State Taxpayer Hero Award.
The sheriff implemented a garden program for inmates at the county jail, which saves the county thousands of dollars in food costs.
The Oregon City Schools district, in an effort to save money and improve communication, has recently implemented Power Announcement, an automated communication tool which allows parents to choose how they want to be contacted for various types of district communications.
Parents can choose to be contacted via text message, e-mail and/or phone (cell or home) for emergency notifications, student bulletins, attendance notifications, school cancellation messages, and general messages. Power Announcement is tied directly to the PowerSchool parent portal, which can be accessed via the district’s website at http://www.oregoncityschools.org
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