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May 24th, 2012
For the past two years, the city of Wapakoneta’s general fund expenditures totaled approximately $4 million, and in the past two years, the city has gained nearly $1 million in Safe Routes to Schools grant money — an impressive number to two city leaders.
Councilors-at-large Dan Graf and Tom Finkelmeier Jr. pointed out those grants represent nearly 25 percent of the city’s annual $2 million general fund budget, which pays primarily for safety-services and roads.
A Wapakoneta High School teacher plans to use products she won through a grant to better her classroom and curriculum.
Math intervention specialist Michelle Knippen received third-place for an essay she wrote for the grant, earning $200 worth of product from the Friends Business Source catalog.
Items she requested, which she said would aid her in her teaching are two magnetic pizzas for working on fractions, two containers of outdoor chalk, 10 packs of index cards, and two packs of sticky notes.
A Wapakoneta High School top student plans to turn her fascination with the sky into a career.
Mallory McDevitt, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, plans to study electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Ind., in the fall.
“I would like to work with airplanes, and the building and designing of them,” McDevitt said. “I have a big fascination with the sky. And with being a pole vaulter, I like the idea of flying.”
The graduating class of 2012 at Wapakoneta High School earned nearly $2 million in scholarships from universities throughout the nation.
Award presenter Van Wright, assistant to the vice president for external relations at Bowling Green State University, handed out several scholarships to prospective Falcons, and while he spoke he gave the senior class a few pieces of advice.
With more than 382 years of experience between them, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members recognized 13 employees upon their retirement.
The retirees, including teachers, a technology specialist, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, a custodian, and a para-educator, received appreciation gifts from the Board during its regular meeting Tuesday.
“You’re leaving a big hole in the district,” school board member Ron Mertz told the retirees.
Wapakoneta High School senior Joseph Jose says he is very appreciative about moving to a small town at a very young age.
“I was very fortunate to be able to know a small town where I could have a relationship with everyone,” Jose said
Jose was born in Boston and lived in New York a short time before his family packed up and moved to Youngstown when his father, Mathew, went there for his residency for medical school. The Joses’ then moved to Wapakoneta just in time for Joseph to begin and finish his schooling in Wapakoneta.
Faced with an annual debt load increasing by 18 percent created mainly from building the new Wapakoneta Water Treatment Plant, city leaders plan to balance the books with a water rate increase.
Wapakoneta utility consumers should see a 5 percent increase in their water bill starting Sept. 1 and then every Jan. 1 thereafter if Wapakoneta City Council members pass an ordinance read for the first time at Monday’s council meeting.
Differing legal interpretations of the city’s curfew law, parents of a Wapakoneta teen say, should prompt Wapakoneta City Council members to review the document.
Always smiling and happy is how classmates describe one of Wapakoneta High School’s top five students for 2012.
“We knew we didn’t have a chance against him for prom king,” a classmate Chris Schwartz said of Ryan Kremer. “He smiles all the time and everyone likes that.”
With a list of buildings in need of being razed, Wapakoneta city administrators plan to seek state funds to help demolish the structures.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz said the city is working with the county to obtain state funds through the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition grant program and to take advantage of $75 million in state funds available through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.