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2/28/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Coventry BOE to discuss cuts at March 4 public meeting

COVENTRY — The Coventry Local Schools Board of Education wants to educate the public on reductions that would take place if a ballot issue fails in May.

Superintendent Russell Chaboudy said a public meeting is scheduled for March 4 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Coventry Middle School, 3257 Cormany Road, and will focus on how the district’s expenses may be further decreased.

“Community members are encouraged to attend,” he said.

If voters defeat a combined 5.99-mill levy and bond issue on the May 7 Primary/Special Election ballot, then cuts would have to take place, Chaboudy explained.

These potential cuts would be approved by the board during the special meeting, he said.

“The board will discuss several issues, including staff and program reductions, limited busing, pay-to-participate fees and the closure of the Portage Lakes Fitness Center,” Chaboudy said.

Voters are being asked for the third time to approve the 34-year bond and levy issue to fund the construction of a new high school and numerous improvements that are necessary at the district’s other facilities.

The measure failed by 58 percent Feb. 5 and 53 percent Aug. 7, 2012, according to the Summit County Board of Elections.

The May 7 vote will be the district’s last chance to secure $11 million being offered by the Ohio School Facilities Commission toward the proposed $39.3 million construction and renovation project, Chaboudy has said.

District officials have said the funding specifically is needed to address serious maintenance issues inside the aged and deteriorating school buildings.

The 1.1-mill permanent improvement levy would provide the district with funds to repair and maintain buildings and grounds, Treasurer Aaron Butts said.

“The district currently has no permanent improvement money, and major repairs are paid for out of the General Fund, creating a need to reduce General Fund day-to-day operations,” Chaboudy explained.

If the issue again fails, the board-approved cuts would take effect at the start of the 2013-14 school year, he said.


Green Chamber presenting Green Expo

The Green Expo, which will take place March 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green High School, will include a live performance by the Rocking Robots, shown above.
Photo courtesy of the Green Chamber of Commerce
GREEN — The Green Chamber of Commerce will present its Green Expo tomorrow, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green High School, 1474 Boettler Road.

The theme for this year’s event is “Keep Your Green($) in Green.” Research shows that 45 cents of every dollar spent locally stays in the local community, according to Chamber officials. The goal of this event is also designed to connect business, community and education, according to Chamber officials.

Nearly 100 booths will be set up to showcase local nonprofit and for-profit organizations, according to Chamber officials. Visitors will be able to participate in flying a helicopter with the MAPS Air Museum, creating origami with the Green Arts Council, playing cornhole with the City Cleaners, getting a photo taken to remember the day with Shutterbooth and more.

The event also will include: Rocking Robots, in a live performance that blends science and music; Sneakers the Clown; Hattie’s Doggie Day Care Dog Show; and a food court with Fox’s Pizza, Giant Eagle and Frozen Drink Express offering food for purchase.

In addition, Keep Your Green($) in Green partners will have a passport contest with a grand prize and facts.

The Green Expo sponsors include Ohio Foot & Ankle Center and the South Side News Leader.

For more details, including a complete list of booths and activities, visit www.greencoc.org or call 330-896-3023.


Norton partnering with New Franklin on road resurfacing costs

NORTON — At the Feb. 19 Norton City Council meeting, members voted unanimously to adopt two ordinances, following third readings of the proposed legislation.

The first authorizes the mayor or his designee to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for resurfacing on Interstate 76.

The second authorizes the mayor and/or administrative officer to enter a cost-sharing agreement with the city of New Franklin for the resurfacing of a portion of Cleveland-Massillon Road and related costs.


Husted announces adjusted campaign contribution limits

COLUMBUS — Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced the 2013 Adjusted Campaign Contribution Limits for Ohio. The updated limits took effect Feb. 25.

“Full disclosure and transparency in campaign contribution filings is important to the success of our democracy and is dependent upon all key players being aware of the rules,” Husted said in a press release. “To that end, I encourage all candidates and donors to familiarize themselves with the updated contribution limits.”

In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, campaign contribution limits are adjusted for inflation in each odd-numbered year by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. Adjustments are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers and certified by the Auditor of State.

Per the statutory formula, current contribution limits were multiplied by the 5.3 percent increase in the CPI from 2010 to 2012, and the product was then added to the existing contribution limits. The limits will remain in effect until February 2015, when the next adjustment is scheduled. The numbers are no longer rounded due to changes made in House Bill 1 of the 126th General Assembly, Special Session.

The 2013 Adjusted Campaign Contribution Limits report, available at www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/news/20130225.pdf, contains an explanation of the procedures used in adjusting the contribution limits, a breakdown of all campaign contribution limits and a reference chart containing the adjusted contribution limits.

The reference chart can be accessed via www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/CampaignFinance.aspx. Click on “limit chart” under the “filing information” menu.


Author Fawn Germer to speak in Akron March 13

Fawn Germer
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Four-time Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author Fawn Germer will deliver the keynote address at the Women’s Endowment Fund’s “For Women, Forever” annual dinner March 13.

According to event organizers, Germer is known for her no-holds-barred advice on finding success in work and life. She personally interviewed more than 300 trailblazers to uncover their secrets and now travels the globe sharing that wisdom with women, according to organizers. Her first book, “Hard Won Wisdom,” features interviews with female Nobel Peace Prize winners, Olympic athletes, scientists and business executives.

Today, Germer is the best-selling author of seven books, including “Pearls” and “Mustang Sallies.”

As a leadership speaker, Germer has presented at conferences for major national corporations and has spoken at Harvard Business School’s leadership conference, the International Women’s Forum and other events.

“Fawn Germer epitomizes the power of female leadership, as does the Women’s Endowment Fund,” said event co-chair Eve Belfance, who is a 9th District Court of Appeals judge. “Twenty years ago, the Women’s Endowment Fund began with an extraordinary group of ‘Mustang Sallies’ who envisioned how women in this community could lead the way to address the needs of women and girls. At the same time, they showed women that they can be philanthropists in their own right.”

This year’s dinner will take place at Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron, 135 S. Broadway St. The annual event celebrates women’s philanthropy in Akron and raises money for the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation. In addition, the event will honor leadership donors to the fund’s “For Women, Forever” endowment campaign, which aims to raise $2.013 million in honor of the fund’s 20th anniversary. It will also feature pre-event presentations from the fund’s most recent grantees.

The event will feature a sponsor reception with Germer at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and a program at 7.

Tickets start at $75. Individuals and organizations that purchase tickets at or above the $225 level will be invited to the sponsor reception. For more details or tickets, visit www.regonline.com/forwomenfor ever or call 330-376-8522.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact event co-chair Cindy Johnson at 330-255-2437 or cjohnson@bobermarkey.com.

Emily Chesnic, Ariel Hakim, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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