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Otsego plans for all-day kindergarten PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:13
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TONTOGANY - All-day, everyday kindergarten will be a reality in the Otsego school district starting next school year.
"These conversations have been happening well before I got here in regard to all-day, everyday kindergarten," said Superintendent Adam Koch in an interview Wednesday. "With the community meetings that we've had and conversations that we've had elsewhere, it keeps being brought up and the community says 'we will support an all-day, everyday kindergarten initiative.' We feel our students would benefit from it and so we're moving forward."
A frequent sticking point for districts in implementing such a program is how it will be paid for. Koch announced earlier this week in an email sent to the Otsego community that they have found an option to operate ADK, which normally costs about $150,000 per year.
"Currently our kindergarten class is around 85 students, so we're going to decrease one section of first grade next year and move one of the teachers down to kindergarten," said Superintendent Adam Koch.
Additionally, with a few expected retirements in the district, those savings will also be used, making up the cost of the program so that Otsego will not have to expend additional funds.
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County tired of delay on Portage River PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:47
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File photo. Farmer Jack Stearns chats with neighbor Bill Nye near a flooded section of Nye Road adjacent to South Branch Portage River in rural Bloomdale. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Cleaning the Portage River has been planned since 2007, but the project has made little progress, particularly in the last year.
Wood County commissioners hope the project will be spurred into action by a new set of plans, discussed Tuesday by Wood County Engineer Ray Huber and Jim Carter, administrator and engineering technician of the Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District.
While commissioners Jim Carter and Doris Herringshaw were more reserved in pushing for progress, commissioner Joel Kuhlman said it was "hard to hold back" his frustration with a lack of progress, especially in 2013.
"It just seems totally unacceptable to me," Kuhlman said as progress was explained by Carter and Huber. "I do not understand why I have not gotten a definitive answer on anything."
Residents petitioned in 2007 to have logjams and trees removed from a 46-mile stretch of the south and east branches of the river.
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Snow takes toll... on motorists, patience and community budgets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:01
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A man is seen walking down Enterprise Street in Bowling Green, Ohio as snow from Winter Storm Nika falls on the evening of Tuesday, February 4, 2014. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Another major winter storm to dump inches of snow on the region caused numerous issues for drivers and put Wood County on a Level 2 Snow Emergency.  PHOTO BLOG
"Definitely have blowing and drifting snow," said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn this morning, "but so far all of the main roads are passable. I've been driving the roads since about 5 this morning. We're watching the wind very closely to see if it's increased. But I think if it doesn't increase, we should be able to maintain a Level 2."
Wood County Highway Garage Superintendent Gary Britten said one of their plows turned onto its side around 3 a.m. this morning on Custar Road due to the conditions. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
"One of the night guys (was) trying to plow" and due to the wind "got a little tough to see, got over a little too far" and was sucked in by the snow.
The truck ended up completely off the road, but was able to be towed out and started, and was taken back to the garage to be checked out.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:24
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N. Baltimore delays levy for EMS PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:37
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NORTH BALTIMORE - Village council has agreed to postpone placing an EMS levy on the May ballot. Instead, voters will see a street renewal levy at the polls.
The street levy renewal is a five-year, 2-mill levy that generates, on average, $83,000 annually.
Council is considering a property tax, income tax, or a combination of both to help with the restructuring of its EMS department. In recent months, issues with billing,
adequate staffing levels and response times have come to light. Council is considering moving to a part-time, paid EMS department or to outsource EMS services to a private company. There were nine missed runs in January, which required responses from outside EMS departments.
"Given the results from the (public) meeting, discussions from last week, and the fact that Henry Township is interested in pursuing this alongside us … I think we should wait," said council member Janet Goldner, who chairs the public safety committee.
Plans call for the EMS levy to be on the November ballot.
The street renewal levy will be used for construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and road improvements.
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