N.B. schools thank police for catching man behind threats
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Friday, 01 November 2013 10:52
NORTH BALTIMORE - School administration thanked the village police department for its efforts to arrest a man who sent a threatening letter to the district earlier this month.
The letter, received by Superintendent Marlene North on Oct. 3, was described as "an anonymous letter with a non-specific threat."
A Cygnet man was arrested Oct. 23 and charged with one felony count of inducing panic.
North praised the North Baltimore Police Department, the Wood County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification during the district's board of education meeting Tuesday.
"Continuing to be diligent with the safety and well being of our children in North Baltimore until the situation was resolved was appreciated so much," North said.
"We want out families to know that we are learning from this situation and want to continue to improve the security of our facilities. ..."
Scott Lockwood, principal at Powell Elementary, told the board he has reminded staff to lock their classroom doors when they leave for the day, and to stay alert for suspicious activity.
All visitors must have a visitor ID badge and cannot access the building except through the main doors during school hours.
He said he recently knocked on a window to get students' attention to be let in, and the students told him no.
The school is reviewing and updating its emergency response protocol with the village police department, he stated.
The board also heard budget projections from Treasurer Eve Baldwin for this school year.
She projects the income tax and property tax collections to remain constant. Last year, income tax collection went up $20,000 and is projected at $676,522 this year; property tax went down $10,000 last year and is projected at $2.24 million this year. The decrease is due mostly to delinquent taxpayers, she explained.
State foundation aid is estimated at $3.68 million with no gains projected in future years.
The total general fund revenue from all sources is $7.80 million.
As for expenses, salaries and benefits are projected at $5.37 million.
Purchased services, for such items as utilities and repair and service costs, is $1.29 million with estimated increases of 13 percent in future years.
Expenses for all sources is $8.18 million.
Baldwin said she hopes the district can make up the $382,000 difference between revenue and expenses.
Last year's difference was $350,000 and the district was able to close the gap.
"Hopefully we can make that up," Baldwin said.
The board also:
• Learned the dual enrollment agreement with Owens Community College has been discontinued. A new option will be developed for next year, possibly with the University of Findlay.
• Learned that Principal Bob Falkenstein is in possession of an old North Baltimore felt pennant that was found in a flea market shop in southern Ohio. Mike Nichols purchased the flag and gave it to Falkenstein. The company that made the pennant was incorporated in New York City in 1912 and sold pennants for 20 cents.
• Hired Kenneth West as varsity wrestling coach.
• Accepted $2,195 in donations for fifth-grade camp; $200 from Olwen Pritchard and $390 from the Lions Club for books at Powell; $200 from the American Legion Auxiliary for the Donuts for Dads event at Powell; and approximately $200 in supplies and backpacks from the Owens Community College Alumni Association for the elementary.
• Accepted a $750 donation from DS Brown for structural supports and landscaping for the gazebo at Powell. Fifteen Brown employees helped with construction.
• Accepted $14,359.63 in proceeds from the crop harvest on school acreage.