Restricting future growth
To the editor: I volunteer at Lake Schools and have offered my assistance whenever it was requested. That does not mean that I have to agree with the decisions made by the school board and the administration.
Mrs. Delventhal, you are a mother of three and when your children are making mistakes or doing something that you feel is wrong, you do not hesitate to correct them or even discipline them. That does not mean that you not love and support them. Give me the same respect.
The school board likes to use circular justification. They decide to add a physical education position and that justifies hiring a teacher. They increase class size and change kindergarten, so that means that the Walbridge building is not needed. Lake has been Excellent the last two years, so cut education opportunities to our youngest and most needy.
I was asked to offer my solution to the problem. I think Lake has great programs and great staff, any cuts that are made are going to hurt someone or something. Eric Hirzel stated, “Make no mistake. These cuts will affect education in a very negative way.”
I would cut all extra-curricular activities, close the buildings at 4 p.m., cancel all unnecessary busing and look to positions that have not always existed. Extra-curricular spending makes up 2.3 percent of the budget. That is $322,000 and taxes add about $25,000 to this cost. Lake went many years without a Curriculum/Special Ed Director – this would save about $100,000. Part of the phase-one cuts the board made were to not replace four teachers and to share a principal between the high school and the middle school. I would continue those cuts.
These cuts would have a major effect on the budget, but there are other cuts that are currently listed that would have to be made to make up the difference. All of these cuts are reversible when the budget allows without major capital expenditures.
My biggest concern is selling the Walbridge building. If it is necessary to close and sell the building, you are restricting future board of education members from returning our class size to what has made us Excellent, and returning to all-day every-day kindergarten. What would be the cost to replace these classrooms, and how would that be paid for?
Editor’s note. Smith is a former Lake school board member. Delventhal is the wife of board member Brad Delventhal.
Cheers to volunteers
To the editor: “Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in `all work and no pay,’” penned speechwriter Robert Orben.
During National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, we at the Greater Toledo Area Chapter celebrated our own dedicated volunteers and partners – the people who make the American Red Cross run.
Our volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to hundreds of local families faced with rebuilding after fires, tornadoes and flooding each year.
Volunteers provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking military members to their loved ones during an emergency.
Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, babysitting and other health and safety courses. They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn these lifesaving skills and organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.
If you’re looking to serve your community, become a Red Cross volunteer. Right now, the Greater Toledo Area Chapter especially needs people who are interested in providing relief to individuals displaced by local and national disasters. To volunteer, contact us at 419-329-2900 or visit www.redcrosstoledo.org.
American Red Cross – Greater Toledo Area Chapter
Organization helps sheriffs
To the editor: Many residents of Ottawa County have recently received, or will soon receive, a mailing from the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. This mailing has my name attached to it and requests your becoming a member of the BSSA for the 2012 membership year.
I would like to let the Citizens of Ottawa County know that the BSSA is an organization that does a great deal for sheriffs within the State of Ohio, as well as all county sheriff’s offices.
BSSA offers sheriffs, deputies and civilian employees of sheriff’s offices up-to-date training on many key law enforcement components that are crucial in our ability to perform our duties properly. It also offers constant updated information on changes within legislation, legal updates, law enforcement issues within the state, and upcoming training available in other venues. Another key benefit to sheriffs and sheriff’s office employees is that BSSA provides a lobbyist within the statehouse who fights for law enforcement rights, sheriff’s office authority and laws to protect our citizens who keep our communities safe.
I strongly endorse the BSSA and I am proud to be a member. However, this letter is not asking anyone to join, contribute or join the BSSA. This letter is just being submitted to let each of you know that the letter from BSSA is not a scam and is a legitimate request.
As with any questionable mailing, I invite all citizens to check with our office regarding the validity of the mailing. You may contact dispatch at 419-734-4404 or you may also call my direct line at 419-734-6877.
Stephen J. Levorchick
Ottawa County Sheriff
Re-read the mission
To the editor: I would like to suggest that three board members re-read the mission statement of the Oregon School Board. You know who you are.
Appreciates The Press
To the editor: Every week we look forward to getting The Press. We appreciate that your clientele go out and get the real stories and news that most of us are interested in.
I remember the “Oregon News” published years ago and the “East Side Sun” and now your paper is so much more newsworthy. I am an old-timer here and lived her for 80 some years and boy, I would be disappointed if your paper wasn’t here in the box every week.
Keep up the good work. By the way – it will be my birthday this month, too. I’ll be 88 years old on April 29.