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Calamity days create chaos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:32
File photo. A student walks home from school during a winter storm. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
School administrators across Wood County will have to decide how to juggle the rest of the school calendar after the Ohio Legislature granted four more calamity days, but with a caveat.
Districts can use the additional four days only after holding school on four other scheduled days off, such as on holidays, during vacations or by using "blizzard bags."
All schools in Wood County have missed at least 11 days, several as many as 17.
The governor is expected to sign the legislation today.
"It's certainly been unprecedented in my 10 years as a superintendent," said Jim Witt of the Lake School District.
The state, before Wednesday, allowed five calamity days.
All county schools were closed Wednesday and again today.
At Northwood, which has missed 15 days, plans are to make up three days with "blizzard bags," make a waiver day set for March 31 a school day, then add two days to the end of the school year.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:44
Otsego switches to propane buses to save money PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:25
File photo. Otsego High School.
TONTOGANY - You might say that the busing situation at Otsego Local Schools is a "gas."
On Monday the district officially began using five propane-fueled buses expected to save tens of thousands of dollars.
"We expect the fuel savings to be over $40,000 annually," said Superintendent Adam Koch in an email interview with the Sentinel. "The maintenance costs are expected to be cut in half over the lifetime of the propane buses compared to the diesel buses as well."
The five propane buses, costing $89,000 each, will make up more than a third of Otsego's 14-bus fleet. They are being dispatched on the district's longest bus routes and will travel more than 115,000 miles each year.
"Our goal is to eventually have 100 percent of the fleet be powered by propane. We have written several grants the past three years for propane school buses and will continue to pursue these avenues to fund propane school buses in the future."
Rossford swears in fire chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:30
ROSSFORD - City Council President Larry Oberdorf said he knew Josh Drouard was destined to be a fire chief.
Oberdorf remembered when Drouard was young and visiting the Oberdorf house, if he heard a fire alarm, he'd jump on his bike and follow the call.
Monday night, Drouard was sworn in as Rossford fire chief. He takes over for Jim Verbosky who resigned from the post after 15 years in the wake of an incident in which he sent a text message of a sexual nature to a female firefighter.
Mayor Neil MacKinnon III appointed Drouard to the post, and council approved that appointment unanimously on Monday.
MacKinnon said that when he was faced with finding a new fire chief, Drouard, who has been assistant chief since Verbosky took over the department, was his first choice.
Still MacKinnon said he reached out to other city officials, and public safety officials in the county. They affirmed the mayor's belief that Drouard was the man for the job.
Eastwood whizzes win quiz bowl PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD, Sentinel Education Editor   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:42
Elmwood's Aaron Crislip (left) rubs his head near teammate Adam Lewallen during a championship match against Eastwood at the 2014 Junior High/Middle School Quiz Bowl hosted at the Wood County Educational Service Center. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Third time was not a charm for Elmwood's middle school elementary quiz bowl team.
For the third year in a row, Elmwood took runner-up in the league's quiz bowl tournament held Tuesday.
Eastwood won the tournament, 60-32.
"It made my final year awesome, said David Deniston of the Eastwood team. "It's pretty exciting."
"It's amazing," added teammate Elizabeth Arntson.
Elmwood entered the tournament ranked first of seven teams, and Eastwood ranked second.
Earlier in the season, Elmwood beat Eastwood, 102-74.
But beating them again didn't happen. Eastwood out-scored their opponent each of the three rounds.
"They just came in to play and have fun," said Diane Swartz, in her last year as Eastwood's coach. "These kids get so excited."
Swartz, who has led the team for 10 years, will retire from teaching next year.
Teams faced questions on authors, the solar system, Greek gods, mythology, math and more.
Many times, the math questions stymied both teams.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:08
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