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Black Swamp Conservancy serves as sponso…

25-01-2015 Hits:38 Ottawa Outdoors  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Black Swamp Conservancy serves as sponsor for LAEPP

Black Swamp Conservancy (the Conservancy) will serve as a Sponsor Organization for Ohio’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program, or LAEPP. As a non-profit land trust, the Conservancy is dedicated to...

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$19 million in federal funds to improve …

24-01-2015 Hits:181 Ottawa Outdoors  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

$19 million in federal funds to improve western Lake Erie basin water quality

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced more than $19 million in new federal funds to improve water quality in Western Lake Erie Basin today. The funding is part of the...

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Molly has found a home!

23-01-2015 Hits:174 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Molly has found a home!

Molly, the dog hit for a car and left for dead featured in Tell Tales last week, has found her FURever home! Molly’s new mom and dad fell in with...

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Administrative contracts approved at Board Meeting

November District Highlight: Presenting their project to improve the Rocket baseball field to the B-C-S Board of Education on November 18, is teacher of the structural engineering class Noah Neiderhouse, student Derek Rains and Austin Schimming, along with Superintendent Guy Parmigian

By Guy Parmigian

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education met on November 18, for its regular meeting.  For the November “District Highlight,” Noah Neiderhouse, Agricultural Teacher at Oak Harbor High School, introduced two students, Austin Schimming and Derek Rains, from his structural engineering class.  These students presented a recent upgrade they performed at the Rocket baseball field to add additional batting practice concrete pads.  Mr. Grahl, Athletic Director, presented the rendering of the proposed Rocket Mascot and Board members approved.  During the Committee Reports section of the meeting, Board members updated the group on developments on each committee.   Treasurer Tim Coffman presented his monthly report, which was approved by the Board.

In New Business, the Superintendent recommended and the Board approved the following:  Bill Branch as a Technology Assistant effective November 10, Lorna Mettie as bus driver effective November 10, the resignation of Mrs. Kathy Fox as a classroom assistant effective January 1, 2015 for the purpose of retirement, Diane Weber and Andrea Goetz as classified substitute employees, revised Substitute Rates for the 2014-2015 school year, and Special Education Tutors as needed:  Darla VanHorn & Pat Rife.  Also, Sharon Fuller was approved as a temporary/as-needed classroom assistant along with Ema Barton as a student lifeguard.

In other business, the second reading and approval of the policies IGD (Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities) and IGDJ (Interscholastic Athletics) were approved.  Contracts were approved with OSBA for Policy Service and Website Updates, and the Lake Erie West Educational Service Center for services as needed.   A donation in the amount of $714 from River Ridge Creations and The Rocket Shop for medallions was accepted with gratitude.

The 2015-2015 and 2016-2017 school year calendars were approved.  A Resolution was approved for “American Education Week (November 17-21, 2014) – “Great Public Schools:  A Basic Right & Our Responsibility”.  A Memorandum of Understanding with the OHEA was approved.

A short Executive Session was held and upon reconvening, the Board approved a contract for Mrs. Jeannie Behnken as Transportation Director effective December 22.  The Board also approved a contract for Mr. Laramie Spurlock to serve as the new Middle School Principal effective August 1, 2015.  These Administrative Openings are the result of the retirements of Mrs. Ginger Stayancho and Mrs. Marie Wittman.    Board members congratulated both Spurlock and Behnken, and wished them the best on their new positions with the district. 

During the discussion portion of the meeting, Dr. Parmigian provided an update on the Sandusky Bay Conference expansion plan, a district-wide curriculum update, a discussion about Academic Challenge programming, a proposal concerning the community’s use of the pool and racquet ball courts on Sunday, and a discussion about music and an elementary concert.   The Board approved a proposal to move forward with the pool and racquet ball court proposal.  The district will be moving forward with advertising the details of an opportunity for community pool and racquetball use in the near future.

The next Board of Education Meeting will be on Thursday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Office.  (Note the earlier meeting date due to the Christmas holiday).


Magee Marsh holiday open house

The 8th annual holiday open house at Magee Marsh will be held on Sunday, December 7, from noon until 4 p.m.   The event is sponsored by the Friends of Magee Marsh and is held at the Bird Center.  Magee Marsh is located at 13229 West State Route 2 near Oak Harbor.   There is no admission charge.

Local vendors, with a variety of items for sale, will be available for your shopping pleasure.  All purchases can be gift wrapped free of charge.   There will also be cookies, fudge, nuts, and other goodies available for purchase.   All regular merchandise in the Gift Shop will be sold at a 20% discount.  One of a kind hand painted bird Christmas ornaments will be available. 

Free food will be offered to all guests who can also enjoy the warm fire and the sounds of live music provided by Twisted Strands.  There will also be activities for kids and festive holiday decorations to see.

Ottawa National Wildlife Area and Black Swamp Bird Observatory will also be holding their Open Houses at the same time.  Come to all three and have your name entered into a free drawing for a gift basket.

Further info on the Friends of Magee Marsh Website friendsofmageemarsh.org or find us on Facebook.


Benefit dinner for Dale Jess

On Saturday, December 6, a benefit dinner is being held at Community Market VFW Memorial Hall, 251 W. Main Street, Oak Harbor, from 4-11 p.m. Dale has been in and out of the hospital for the last six months and have lost roughly 100 pounds. Right now, the family has a possible diagnosis on what is happening with Dale, but more tests need to be done to make a definite diagnosis.

The event will benefit Dale Jess, his wife Michelle and their children Cora and Brenden. The organizers of this event are looking for family, friends and the community to come out and support this family through their difficult time.

Presale tickets are being sold at The Cure (9849 W SR 163, Oak Harbor), The Country Keg (1790 N. Walker St., Graytown) and Family Hair Center (212 W. Water Street, Oak Harbor). Tickets are $10. Tickets are also available at the door and include Grandma’s Backyard BBQ (dine in or carry out), bake sale, auctions, raffles and entertainment. Monetary donations will also be accepted by the family.

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