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I recently learned that I teach at a persistently poor performing school.

It happened after Ohio bureaucrats unveiled new, “more rigorous” criteria for determining success and failure in the state’s public schools. My district, previously deemed worthy of “continuous improvement” status, suddenly got downgraded.

It wasn’t alone. Some schools previously rated “excellent” suddenly ranked poorly according to Ohio’s bean-counters — based not on new information, but on a reevaluation of old information.

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In Sandusky County, voters were mixed in their support of tax issues on Tuesday’s primary ballot.

In the Gibsonburg Exempted Village School District, a request for a 1 percent, 10-year income tax fell by a 47-vote margin, 463 against to 416 for, according to unofficial results.

If passed, the tax would have raised about $950,000 annually for operating expenses.

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Eastwood combining positions
The Eastwood school board has decided to combine administrative positions at the elementary school level.

Starting in July, Dr. Margy Brennan-Krueger will hold the dual role of principal at Luckey Elementary School as well as School Improvement Specialist.

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The announcement last month that a renowned football coach turned down the head football coaching position at Clay High School has left the Oregon Board of Education scrambling to find another coach to fill the position.

Mike Vicars, who led Delta and Genoa high schools to state playoffs, including two state semifinal appearances, was hired by the district to lead the Eagles. Vicars was also hired as the assistant principal at Fassett Middle School, where he would have also served as the school’s athletic director.

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Genoa village police are stepping up patrols to combat vandalism at Veterans Memorial Park.

The busy summer season is days away but problems have already erupted in large doses as warmer weather sets in.

“We’ve had some vandalism, some cavorting in the park,” Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said. “… They are destroying playground equipment, building huts in the woods and we’ve found all sorts of paraphernalia lying around.”

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