The Press Newspaper
The Eastwood school board anticipates saving approximately $600,000 by closing Webster Elementary School.
The board approved closing the school, which houses kindergarten through fifth grade, as part of a cost reduction plan that also included not re-hiring several assistant coaching positions.
Dropping the coaching positions will save an estimated $55,000, according to Brent Welker, superintendent.
Webster’s closing, which is being labeled a “suspension” by the administration, goes into effect for the 2010-11 school year.
Pemberville and Luckey elementary schools will absorb Webster students except for fifth graders, who will attend the middle school at the district’s main campus.
Welker said the board and administration began looking at the closing of Webster in the spring when enrollment figures of kindergartners indicated a decline was continuing.
Much of the cost savings associated with the closing w
If the crowd at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lake Township trustees is any indication, a request by CSX Transportation for the township to vacate Walbridge Road at a CSX crossing so the rail company can close the crossing to traffic will be met with a resounding “no.”
Asked to raise their hands if they oppose closing of the crossing, nearly two dozen residents did so, while only one resident expressed support.
CSX is offering the township $10,000 if the trustees agree to permanently close Walbridge Road at the crossing, which is located between East Broadway and Tracy Road.
The offer is conditional. CSX would place a barricade across the resulting private grade crossing at its own expense and motorists would be prohibited from using it. CSX would allow police, fire, and emergency medical service vehicles to use the private crossing in emergencies when “practicable” a letter from CSX to the trustees says.
But residents told the trustees closing the crossing would be a significant burden.
Election board member retiring
Fredrick has been with the board as a full-time clerk for 11 years. Her responsibilities include tracking absentee voting, processing local liquor license options, processing provisional voter ballots, and working with maps of the county’s 44 precincts.
“The board will miss her greatly as they seek to find her replacement,” said JoAnn Friar, director of the board.
Resumes will be accepted until Dec. 3 at the board office in the Veterans Memorial Building, 8444 W. State Route 163, Suite 101, Oak Harbor, O. 43449.
Residents of Lake Township are being asked to recall their experiences during and after the June 5 tornado for an oral history of the storm and its impact on the Wood County community.
Richard Welling, a township trustee, said he’ll be recording the experiences of residents.
Michael Sibbersen, county auditor and local history buff, suggested the township compile an oral history of the storm and the aftermath while the trustees were attending a reception sponsored by the Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards Committee, he said.
“He said we should start recording the histories of people involved in the tornado,” Welling said.
Sibbersen last week said he thought the project had “great promise.”
A member of the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, he helped research and write “A History of Lake Township, Wood County, Ohio” to commemorate the township’s sesquicentennial.
Anyone interested in sharing their tornado experiences should call Welling at (419) 838-6536 to arrange an interview.