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Jerry City may get disaster relief PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:45
File photo. Debris is seen where tornado destroyed this home in Jerry City. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY - Gov. John Kasich has authorized that the State Disaster Relief Fund be opened to the village in the wake of the Nov. 17 tornado.
However, Jerry City must still see if they qualify to receive the money.
"The State Disaster Relief Program is a program that has several thresholds that the community would have to meet," said Wood County Emergency Management Director Brad Gilbert this morning. "And they're taking a look at those numbers, I believe, today."
The Disaster Relief Program provides assistance to local governments and eligible private non-profits for costs associated with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent work, according to a press release from the governor's office.
"Probably the biggest thing is whatever expenses the village had in response and recovery had to exceed one-half of one percent of their total budget. And that's kind of a hard threshold to meet."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:59
BGSU cuts more faculty PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:04
The faculty union is promising to challenge the Bowling Green State University's decision not to renew the contracts of 30 non-tenure track positions.
The university made the announcement of the cuts Monday in a letter to faculty.
Provost Rodney Rogers said Monday that the cuts will save the university $1.4 million. The bulk, 26, will come from the College of Arts and Sciences, with two coming from the College of Business and single cuts from the College of Education and Firelands College. Rogers said the cuts were spread out among the college's various departments.
The university was required to notify non-tenure track faculty who have seven or more years at BGSU by Dec. 1, with later deadlines for those with less service. However, all 30 faculty members were notified now. Rogers said eight people had seven or more years of experience, nine had four to six years of experience, and 13 had three or fewer years of experience.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:16
Otsego principal to step down PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:42
File photo. Jim Garber (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY - After nearly seven years in the district, James Garber will be stepping down.
At Tuesday's School Board meeting, Superintendent Adam Koch announced that Garber, who is currently the principal of the district's elementary school, will be resigning effective Jan. 17, the last day of the semester.
Koch noted that Garber has been with the district for 6 1/2 years "and has done a remarkable job."
Garber was superintendent of the Otsego School District for five years before stepping down 18 months ago to become the elementary school's principal.
He is currently making $85,000 annually in the position.
Koch said after the meeting that the principal's position will be posted on Dec. 2, though he said he will be recommending current elementary assistant principal Betsey Murray for the job next month. The assistant elementary principal job is also to be posted.
BGSU faculty voice concern PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:29
Ongoing concerns about the effects of reductions in the size of the teaching staff were aired at the Bowling Green State University faculty senate meeting Tuesday.
Provost Rodney Rogers reported that statistics show only a slight drop in the number of courses taught by full-time faculty. He said 74.3 percent of courses were taught by full-time faculty this semester as compared to 75.6 percent the same time last year. He noted a few more courses were taught by part-time faculty, and the number of courses taught by graduate students fell from 3 percent to 1.9 percent.
The average class size was 21.4 students, up from 20.7 students last year.
But faculty senators questioned how this could remain so if the size of the faculty was expected to decline.
Judith Edminster, of the English Department, wondered if the administration had a plan to maintain the size of classes.
Rogers responded that part of the answer was looking at the course sections offered to meet students' general education requirements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:20
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