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BGSU mulls low morale of faculty PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 07 February 2014 10:58
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File photo. Faculty Senate meeting at BGSU's McFall Center. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
In delivering the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee report to Faculty Senate Tuesday, Michael Schultz reported the numbers that spell out the university's current fiscal woes.
Schultz, a general studies writing instructor, went through the declines in state funding, the change in formula and the declines in enrollment that have stymied Bowling Green State University's finances.
Then he got personal. He talked about what he values as a teacher. He talked about seeing the faces, some "terrified," of first-year students on their first day of college classes.
Some, he said, have never written an essay over two pages. Then 15 weeks later he watches them leave, far more confident than when they arrived.
"It's all about the teaching," Schultz said.
That was his own answer to the question he'd like everyone in the university community to answer: "What do I value about what I do at BGSU?"
Schultz said that what he sees as the low morale among faculty comes from a number of factors.
He noted the changes in university leadership with the third president in five years, leading to "instability in leadership and direction."
This came at a time the country was experiencing a "great recession."
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Former sub guilty of stalking student PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 07 February 2014 10:50
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Jacob Kubuske (left) in court with his attorney. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A Millbury man pleaded guilty to an amended charge related to an offense against a student while he was a substitute teacher at Lake High School in 2011.
Jacob Kubuske, 29, appeared Thursday in the courtroom of Wood County Judge Robert Pollex.
Kubuske pleaded guilty to one count of attempted menacing by stalking, a fifth-degree felony, as part of a plea agreement.
He was previously indicted on a single count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony.
Prosecuting attorney Gwen Howe-Gebers said the plea agreement was reached after discussions with the victim, as well as Ted Riley, Kubuske's attorney.
In presenting the facts of the case had the matter proceeded to trial, Howe-Gebers said that between June 1 and June 30, 2011, while a substitute at the school, the then-17-year-old victim and Kubuske had what was termed an "interest" in each other.
Later the victim indicated she was no longer interested. However, Kubuske reportedly twice attempted to have further involvement with her, which she indicated was unwanted.
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Eastwood juggles space after fire PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Friday, 07 February 2014 10:52
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File photo. Firefighters work to put out the fire at the Eastwood High School bus garage January 25, 2014. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - Now that school is back in session, Eastwood Schools administrators are focusing on where to move central office and bus garage operations.
According to a community email sent Sunday by Superintendent Brent Welker, the former Dowling Elementary School will be reopened for central office use, and the bus garage will move to the ag department at the high school.
The former elementary, located on Dowling Road near Tanglewood Golf Course, has been vacant for five years.
This action was chosen over placing modular classrooms on the district's central campus. Insurance money will be used to reopen the building.
Welker said Thursday that he briefly considered Webster Elementary, but space is limited there. 
With a nursing school on the second floor and preschool on the first floor, there were only two rooms available.
The central office staff is currently in a trailer on the main campus, but has to be out by Feb. 20.
Welker said staff will move into the Dowling building over Presidents' Day weekend.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 11:31
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Prosecutor airs salary concerns PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:54
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Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson nearly lost several employees to higher-paying jobs and has asked for more flexibility in the county’s salary schedule.
Dobson explained to commissioners Thursday that he was able to keep two employees last month by giving pay increases not paid for with general fund money. Dobson said he’s not against pay scales as a general concept, but he expressed several concerns over how the scale currently used by the county could affect staffing in his office.
When Molly Mack, formerly chief of the prosecutor’s civil division, became judge of Perrysburg Municipal Court in January, she sought several employees for her new staff whom Dobson had been planning to assign to in-house title processing, rather than hiring an outside contractor to do the work.
Adjusting the employees’ job duties would have taken time, so the employees could have accepted Mack’s offer if Dobson hadn’t swiftly matched it. And whether pay increases were authorized would have been up to Archer Consulting, the group that administers the salary system.
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