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The Oregon Schools Community Levy Committee and the district’s administration are “firmly committed” to honoring their pledge that revenue from a 3.95-mill operating levy passed by voters last November will “exclusively” go toward preserving Career Technical programs and extra-curricular activities, according to a post on the committee’s Facebook page last week.
The committee was formed early last year to promote passage of the levy on the November 3 ballot. The Oregon Schools Community Levy Committee Facebook comments, made by someone who later identified herself as Joy Andrews, were posted after an article appeared in the April 18 edition of The Press in which Superintendent Hal Gregory and School Board President Carol Molnar appeared to be backing away from a pledge they made to voters last October that the $1.9 million annual revenue from the levy, if passed, would exclusively go toward Career Tech and extra-curricular programs.
A bill that amends regulations of Ohio’s College Credit Plus program is drawing little opposition and may reach the floor of the House of Representatives by next month for a vote, Steve Arndt, a co-sponsor of the bill said last week.
House Bill 445 is pending before the House Education Committee.
Rep. Arndt, R- Port Clinton, said he’s heard from school administrators of several area districts, including Genoa, Benton-Carroll-Salem, Port Clinton and Woodmore, who’ve expressed concerns about components of the program.
Ohio’s College Credit Plus allows high school students to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from community colleges or universities.
Acclaimed beatboxing string trio Infinitus String Trio will perform Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House.
The trio is known for their unique sound and upbeat performance style, with a repertoire featuring classical standards and original jazz/hip-hop arrangements and compositions.
Infinitus was formed in 2008 by violist Anthony Cheung, cellist Alex Cheung and violinist John “Adidam” Littlejohn. Collectively, the members hold degrees from the University of Michigan and the Peabody Conservatory and have won awards at the local, national, and international level.
The Ohio Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG) Program, in an effort to reduce air pollution, has awarded 26 Ohio grants totaling more than $15 million for refurbishing or replacing aging diesel engines with newer, cleaner diesel technology or alternative fuel technology.
The agency estimates that the projects funded by the grants will result in an annual reduction of more than 745 tons of air pollutants (25.2 tons of fine particulates and 720.2 tons of nitrogen oxides) in Ohio counties that do not meet or are struggling to meet federal air quality standards. The benefits will continue to accrue each year that the new vehicles, vessels and locomotives remain in service.
Northwood recently hired a code enforcement officer to cite property owners who have unkempt yards.
Rob Barrett, a retired police officer, will issue citations to property owners who do not maintain their properties, which causes area land values to drop.
“He is looking for parking violations on cars without current registration, cars in yards with flat tires, and properties that have tires piled up in backyards - things like that,” said Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson.
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