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The Oregon City School District’s decision to close Wynn Elementary School next year, and eliminate busing for high school students is firm, according to Superintendent Mike Zalar.
“The decision has been made,” said Zalar. “We’re trying to get information out to parents regarding what the changes are going to mean for the next semester. We’re trying to have the minimal impact on teaching and learning in the classroom. There’s no direct impact on the classroom with the elimination of busing for high school students and closing an elementary building.”
Some parents have raised concerns about the cuts since Nov. 29, when the board eliminated seven teaching positions, announced the closure of Wynn, which has an enrollment of 287 students, and eliminated busing for high school students to cut $2.8 million from the budget.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has found a third site in Toledo where someone illegally dumped asbestos.
On December 14, the OEPA announced it was seeking information to help nab those responsible for dumping 60 bags of regulated asbestos waste in two Toledo neighborhoods. Thirty-seven bags were dumped at a vacant house in LaGrange Street in North Toledo, and 23 bags were left in an alley near a garage on St. Louis Street in East Toledo. Combined, there was approximately 100 cubic feet of asbestos.
Last week, Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA, said a third site was recently discovered on Champlain Street in Toledo.
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Six months after a tornado destroyed the Lake High School building, district officials have unveiled plans for a new building they say will be open for the 2012-13 school year.
Tim Krugh, school board president, said Wednesday the project will cost about $25.5 million and retain features of the former building which the community said it wanted, including a fixed-seat auditorium and a field house.
The new building will cover about 143,000 square feet, about 20,000 square feet more than building it replaces.
The main entrance faces to the west and will be flanked by office space. A two-story glass atrium will run the length of the building, enabling it to take advantage of natural light, said Dan Tabor, of The Collaborative, lead architect for the project.
Following two deaths in Oregon in the past few weeks due to accidental fires, Oregon Fire Chief Ed Ellis is urging the public to exercise caution during the holidays to prevent further tragedies from occurring.
“Fire safety is something that the public needs to be reminded of constantly,” said Ellis.
Paul Mullen, assistant fire chief, said this season seems to be worse than in previous years.
“It runs in spurts. Unfortunately, we lost a child a few weeks ago because of a fire caused by a burning candle. It makes people a little more tense,” he said.
Among the threats at this time of year are decorative lighting, live Christmas trees, burning candles, and unattended children.
“Everything together is one big problem,” said Mullen.
Recommendations to avoid fire hazards include the following:
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