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Lake cuts spring break PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:32
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MILLBURY - Most Lake School District students and staff won't be spending spring break sunning on a beach, riding roller coasters at a theme park or just relaxing.
They'll still be in school.
At Wednesday's meeting, the Lake Board of Education voted to erase most of spring break, having classes on April 14, 15, 16 and 17. School will be closed on Good Friday, April 18, and on the Monday after Easter, April 21.
The schedule change is to make up 15 calamity days caused by record cold and snow this winter.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence … I hope," said Superintendent Jim Witt.
The board also voted 3-1 to extend the school calendar by two days, adding May 29 and 30. Board member Brad Delventhal was absent.
Board member Scott Swartz voted against the motions to have school during spring break and extend the calendar.
He said the Lake calendar that was approved last year already had five days built into it at the end of the school year, going into June, in case of calamity days.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:44
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BG to stretch school days PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:24
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Jodi Anderson teaching Biology at Bowling Green Senior High. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green students will be in school for 30 extra minutes for over a month to help make up days lost to inclement weather.
At Tuesday's board of education meeting, Superintendent Ann McVey received approval from board members to amend the 2013-14 school calendar to also tack on four days to the end of the school year, taking students to June 5.
Students will see their school day extended when they return from spring break, April 7 to May 28.
At the elementary level, a 30-minute math intervention period will be incorporated to the school day and a schedule will be worked out for morning and afternoon kindergarten.
McVey is meeting with middle school and high school principals today to work on their schedule.
"We think that's the simplest for families to understand," she said.
The district to date has missed 17 days of school.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:09
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Navigating new health care law PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:29
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Deborah Hamilton navigates a website at the Wood County Health District. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
There are more than 12,000 people without health insurance in Wood County, and it's Deborah Hamilton's job to help as many of them as possible sign up before a March 31 deadline.
Posted at the health district four days each week since January, Hamilton helps some of those people navigate Medicare applications and the healthcare.gov website, which offers discounted plans and government subsidies based on income. As many as 60 percent end up with a health plan priced at $100 per month or less, said Brad Clark, navigator project director for the Neighborhood Health Association.
Unexpected illnesses and accidents can wipe out a person's assets and income, a situation the Affordable Care Act attempts to address by expanding Medicaid and subsidizing health plans through healthcare.gov, which is now fully-functional after a rough launch last year.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:43
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Wood County touts strength PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:10
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Wood County Commissioners address audience members during the state of the county inside the Wood County Courthouse atrium. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County is strong and getting stronger, commissioners asserted during the annual state of the county address Tuesday.
The presentation highlighted strides in economic development and county finances over the last year that have allowed Wood County to make up ground despite ongoing challenges with reduced funding for local government.
Commissioner Jim Carter, president of the board, gave some historical context by sharing 100-year-old Sentinel-Tribune articles showing conditions similar to now.
"It appears that 100 years ago, we were dealing with snow as well," Carter said, explaining that heavy snowfall did not cease production on Bowling Green's expansion. Projects persisted, such as the construction of a new post office, now the committee on aging, and a normal school that would become Bowling Green State University.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:08
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