Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
BOTKINS â€” Botkins Board of Education members officially decided to begin the process of building a new K-12 school during Wednesdayâ€™s meeting.
In a unanimous vote, board members decided the districtâ€™s best option was to pursue a new 102,000-square foot facility and to pursue the local financing needed from voters in the November election.
Board members made the move official by hiring Fanning-Howey and Associates engineering firm to design its master plan to be submitted for final approval to the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC).
With more than one out of every five students in Auglaize County and two out of every five students in the state qualifying for reduced-price school lunches, a U.S. legislator started a push this week to have Gov. John Kasich approve more Summer Food Service Program sites in Ohio.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said the number of children qualifying for reduced-price school lunches and breakfast tells the tale of the economy as 22 percent of Auglaize County residents and 40 percent of Ohio students qualify for the program.
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.
A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTH INTO THE REGION TODAY. THIS
WILL ALLOW FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP. SOME OF THESE
STORMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS BEING THE
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.
NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
For one retiring Wapakoneta High School teacher, he enjoyed working with the students on their English skills.
â€śFor the most part, the kids were very nice,â€ť retiring Wapakoneta retiring teacher Mike Schepp said. â€śThey were fun to work with and deal with.â€ť
Those are two things that 32 years boiled down to for Schepp, one of five teachers recently honored upon their retirement from the Wapakoneta City Schools district.
Schepp, who is a Lima native and still lives there, said the small town atmosphere found in Wapakoneta is special.
A Wapakoneta resident voiced concerns Monday about flooding in front of his home for the second time in the last decade and wants to know what these city administrators plan to do to alleviate the problem.
Jim Elshire, 314 Dogwood Avenue, addressed Wapakoneta City Council members about the slow drainage of water into his nearby stormwater sewer when rains cause flooding in front of his property.
The cityâ€™s electrical power portfolio will include electricity from the Fremont Energy Center, but at a level far less than requested by American Municipal Power (AMP) executives.
Wapakoneta City Council members approved Monday an ordinance for the city to participate at a level of 3 megawatts, less than the 17 megawatts suggested by AMP officials. Councilors made the decision based on a recommendation from their energy consultant John Courtney, of Courtney & Associates.
During Mondayâ€™s meeting, Wapakoneta City Council president announced he is resigning from his post effective June 8.
Council President Don Jump informed his fellow councilors during Mondayâ€™s council meeting that he accepted the position of emergency response coordinator with the Auglaize County Health Department and must resign from the legislative body.
A Wapakoneta City Council member objected to a resolution to pave a section of Hamilton Street because it included the replacement of curbs which are being charged to the property owner.
A second councilor argued the assessments of individual property owners could be brought up later since an ordinance must be passed to assess the owners for the work actually completed, but he wanted the joint project with the Auglaize County Engineerâ€™s Office to repave Hamilton Street from Auglaize Street to Glynwood Road to proceed.
WAYNESFIELD â€” As a school district that has seemingly seen its share of dark clouds lately, a ray of sunshine came as welcome news.
Preliminary Ohio Graduation Test scores for the class of 2013 showed students met all indicators with double digit improvements in all categories.
â€śIt shows plans that we have put into effect lately are working,â€ť Superintendent Joanne Kerekes said. â€śThe improvement ensures the strategies we have been working on.â€ť
The 211 members of the Wapakoneta High School Class of 2011 were encouraged to reach for their dreams and no matter where they end up to never forget where they came from.
â€śI encourage you to remember where youâ€™ve been no matter where youâ€™re heading,â€ť Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education President Willie Sammetinger said.
His was a message that was echoed by several speakers during commencement exercises Saturday morning in the Wapakoneta High School gymnasium.
Graduates also were encouraged several times to make a difference.