The Press Newspaper
Voters in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will see an emergency operating levy on the May ballot.
The B-C-S school board has unanimously voted to place the $1.32 million, 5-year issue on the ballot in the hopes of fending off a projected budget deficit in fiscal year 2013.
Tied to the board’s decision to seek the millage was another recent decision to realign the district by closing Rocky Ridge Elementary School.
That move, board members say, will help the district save revenue and reduce the amount sought in the levy.
Following a year of austere budget tightening measures, Northwood ended 2010 with a balanced budget, Mayor Mark Stoner said in his state of the city address last week.
“The message for 2011 is one of both challenge and confidence,” said Stoner.
“Just like our citizens, the city has been adversely affected by the economic downturn of the last few years. To meet the various challenges, council and I have had to make difficult decisions regarding reductions in spending, personnel and capital improvement projects,” said Stoner.
The reductions allowed the city to finish the 2010 fiscal year with higher revenues than expenditures and met the requirement of having a balanced budget, he said.
Preparations for the closing of Webster Elementary School in the Eastwood district have already begun with administrators holding a meeting last week for parents to discuss the transition set to go into effect in the 2011-12 school year.
Brent Welker, superintendent, said teachers and the administration plan to develop class lists in March for students in grades one through four, allowing students and their parents a chance to meet teachers this year.
The current first and third grade Webster classes will be moving to Pemberville Elementary School due to a lack of space at Luckey Elementary School, creating an additional section at those grade levels.
Combined, Oregon Chief Richard Stager, Lt. Brian Andrzejewski, and Officer Michael Poddany have given nearly 100 years of service to the city’s police department.
Chief Stager, who started as a patrolman in June, 1978, will have served 32 years and eight months. Lt. Andrzejewski has served 33 years, and in February Officer Poddany will be approaching 34 years.
As all three approach retirement within the coming month, on January 11 an open house will be held in the city’s community room on Seaman Road from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to honor them.
All three say the biggest change they have seen in the department is technology.
“That’s probably the most notable change I’ve seen in law enforcement,” Chief Stager said.
Chief Stager said people and the duties involved have changed, too.
A $1.5 million solar array project is underway at the Pilkington Research and Development Center in Northwood.
The project includes the installation of solar panels on a one-acre Brownfield site originating from the company’s former East Toledo float plant. Pilkington once used the area as a sand pond, which has gone through a clean-up process.
“In order to take advantage of recycling the Brownfield property, we’re installing the solar array to reuse the property and put it back into a beneficial use,” said Kara A. Allison, spokesperson for Hull & Associates, an engineering, energy and environmental consulting firm that has partnered with Pilkington to install the ground mounted solar panels.
The large-scale panels will be mounted on posts and built out in rows, according Allison.
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