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Northwood City Council is reviewing whether to assess residents to excavate a detention pond at Greenway Estates subdivision near the Woodville Mall to improve drainage in the area.

“A few years ago, we had some flooding problems,” Councilman James Barton, chairman of the Service Committee, said at a meeting on April 25.

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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider a proposed ordinance that would permit charging residents’ health insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid for emergency ambulance transport services provided by the Fire and Rescue Department.

Revenue generated from the program will help offset the actual cost of providing, maintaining and improving emergency medical services to the community.

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Starting next year, school districts in Ohio will do away with current grade card designations, such as “Excellent,” and “Effective,” and “Continuous Improvement.” Instead, they will receive letter grades on several measures similar to how students receive grades for their classes.

“I think it’s time now to begin preparing the community for this,” Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar said at a recent school board meeting.

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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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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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