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A formal recommendation to close the Rocky Ridge Elementary School building is expected to be presented this week to the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education.
Superintendent Diane Kershaw, who recommended the closing to the board at its Dec. 15 special meeting, said declining enrollment is the primary reason for the facility and finance committees to decide closing the school is the best option for the district.
The board is scheduled to meet Jan. 11.
“Due to declining enrollment, we have an opportunity to combine our elementary buildings which will lead to additional operational efficiencies,” she said in a prepared statement.
Genoa’s former administrator may have left without a word but the village will be paying nearly $65,000 to him following his departure.
Garth Reynolds left his job of more than three years officially on Dec. 31. Mayor Mark Williams announced his resignation during a Jan. 3 meeting. Reynolds’ letter offered no explanation as to why he left and neither has the mayor. Other village officials spoken to say they also do not know why he resigned.
But according to a severance package agreement filed with the fiscal officer Charles Brinkman, he will leave with a hefty sum.
He will receive a lump sum of $45,000 to forgo any claims to the village in the aftermath of his departure, Brinkman said, reading from the agreement.
After a year of budget cuts and layoffs, Northwood ended the year with a 3.4-percent increase in revenue compared to last December.
“I think we were fortunate that the economy picked up enough, we made enough cuts that did not severely impact the residents,” said Mayor Mark Stoner, “and we made it through.”
Last year, the city started cutting staff and services after revenue started to slip.
Council, in an effort to reverse the decline, placed a proposed income tax increase from its current 1.5-percent to 1.75-percent for three years on the November ballot, which voters defeated.
The Eastwood school board is asking the Ohio Department of Education for a waiver from being required to offer a full-time kindergarten program for the next school year.
Board members approved a resolution seeking the waiver at their regular meeting last week.
A requirement for districts to offer all-day kindergarten classes was included in the state’s biennium budget but district’s can seek a waiver in certain circumstances.
Noting the state’s operating budget cut state aid to schools, State Representative Randy Gardner last year sponsored a bill allowing districts to opt out of having to offer full-time kindergarten classes and what he said were other unfunded mandates.
Homeowners and investors in East Toledo and Oregon can learn how they can increase their property values when county treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz talks abut the county’s new land bank program Thursday, January 20 at the Weber Block, Front and Main in East Toledo.
Overgrown lots, vacant or dilapidated houses and abandoned industrial or commercial property can all bring down home values restricting your ability to borrow money or sell your home.
Kapszukiewicz will talk about the new Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation, which will have the power to acquire and sell foreclosed tax delinquent properties without going through the long court process leading to a sheriff’s sale.
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