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Despite having about six fewer teachers on staff than in 1995, the academic health of Woodmore High School – as measured by graduation rates, test scores, enrollment and other criteria – is good, according to Jim Kieper, school principal, who presented the data Tuesday to the school board.

In 2011, the average ACT score was 22.9 – the highest in the school’s history - and in 2014 scores averaged 22.7, Kieper said, adding Ohio’s average ACT score from 1991-2015 was 21.46 and Woodmore’s was 21.45.

Kieper noted that six of the top 10 average ACT scores in Woodmore’s history have occurred in each of the last six years.

He underscored the importance of ACT scores and grade point averages in college admissions and qualifying for merit scholarships.

With the success in May of passing a levy request for additional revenue as well as a renewal issue, Genoa school officials are hoping district voters will continue the trend when they decide another renewal issue on Nov. 3.

The 3.9-mill, 5-year levy on next Tuesday’s ballot generates a little more than $600,000 annually and is used for daily operations. It was first passed in 2005.

Bill Nye, district treasurer, said he’s received a few calls from residents questioning the need for a levy so soon after additional millage – which will generate about $1.025 million annually - was approved in May. Voters also approved a 5-mill, 5-year renewal issue in May that generates about $400,000. It was first passed in 1990.

“To continue what we have we need this renewal,” he said. “It goes for staffing, supplies, utilities, purchased services and other areas. I tell people it’s no additional tax and it was first approved a decade ago. We have four separate levies that need a renewal every five years.”

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson officially announced the end of the 2015 harmful algal bloom season amid collaborative partners at a media event in front of the Collins Park water treatment plant Tuesday morning.

Much of this resulted from an August 2014 crisis in which nearly 500,000 area residents were told that they could not drink Toledo’s water for an entire weekend, leading to a crisis that drew national media attention. The water was polluted with microcystin, a toxin found in harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

“We must never forget that this was an event that really shook the core of our region. We need to protect life in every way we can. Even though we are at the bottom (of the Maumee River watershed), we are the ones who have to deal with the situation,” said Dr. Thomas Bridgeman, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo,

The mayor stated that $50 million dollars has been spent in 2015 making upgrades and improvements at the Collins Park facility. She stressed that “every single day” during the harmful aglae bloom, even with record-setting algae levels in the lake, Toledo’s water was safe to drink.

Years ago, Oak Harbor Mayor Bill Eberle decided he wanted to fulfill his civic duty by becoming part of his local government.

He was a husband, father, a long-time employee of Toledo Edison and with his church, St. Boniface, as the president of the finance committee. He also served as a district deputy, Grand Knight and financial secretary of the local Knights of Columbus Chapter 1944.

Still, he desired to be more active within the community.

After serving on the planning commission, as a village council member and now after three years as the village’s mayor, Eberle has more than satisfied that desire.

“The reason that I got involved is because my involvement with the community was lacking,” he said. “I’ve been involved with the church, but not civically. I was looking for something along those lines, and that’s where I fell into this.”

Joe Helle is not your average 29-year-old.

An Army veteran, he’s served a tour of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He owns and operates his own business, and he is working to become the next mayor of Oak Harbor.

Incumbent Bill Eberle is up for re-election.

Helle, a 2004 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, talked about his motivation for running.

“I wouldn’t be running for mayor if I didn’t think there was an issue with the current leadership,” he said. “The town lacks leadership. I come from an army background, and I see a town that doesn’t have a leader. I see leaders that show up a couple of times per month for council meetings and call it a day and then we don’t see or hear from them (other than that). We’re a full-time town and we deserve full-time leaders. That doesn’t mean they have to be in the office all they time. But they should be out and about representing us, talking to residents and to business owners, and what their concerns would be.

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