South Side News & Notes
Springfield hires new Parks and Recreation director
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees selected Doug Foltz from among 35 applicants to serve as director of Parks and Recreation at a special meeting April 16.
Foltz, who has a bachelor’s degree in public policy management, began his new job April 22 at an annual salary of $47,500, which will be adjusted to $50,000 pending a satisfactory performance review starting Jan. 1, 2014, according to Springfield officials.
According to the job description, Foltz will develop park programs for a wide variety of ages and search out and apply for grants to help pay for the programs. He will be in charge of scheduling events, overseeing concessions, maintaining buildings and grounds and supervising park employees, as well as staff and programs at the Boyd Esler Senior and Community Center. The new director also will recruit and coordinate volunteers for programs and events.
Trustee Dean Young said 12 of the 35 applicants were selected for an interview before the board chose Foltz.
“We got some outstanding applications, and it was a really hard choice,” he said.
Young added Foltz came with the right experience.
According to township officials, Foltz worked for the city of Canton as assistant director of parks from 1984 to 2012. He also has been a North Canton City Council member since 1995.
Water Quality Expo planned
COVENTRY — Experts will focus on safe, clean sources of water at a Water Quality Expo May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes Drive.
According to event officials, the expo will include Clearwater systems testing water for anyone who brings in a sample in a clean container. Representatives from the Ohio Division of Parks, Wildlife and Watercraft; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; and the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District also will be on hand.
Dana Oleskowitz, of the Citizen Lake Awareness and Monitoring Program, will talk about water monitoring and Secchi disk water testing.
In addition, Fran Kitchen, of Operation Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc., will be there with baby squirrels, possums, raccoons and a baby bobcat. Larry Hunter, of the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association, will discuss the group’s efforts.
The use of rainwater barrels also will be explained and demonstrated, according to event officials.
The program is sponsored by the Portage Lakes Advisory Council and is spearheaded by Kenny Gerstenslager, who heads Secchi disk water testing.
For details, contact Gerstenslager at 330-608-1765.
Norton school board gearing up for bond issue
NORTON — Voters living in the Norton City Schools District, including some in New Franklin, may once again see a bond issue on the ballot this November.
The Board of Education, which held a special meeting April 22 to discuss the matter, would need to take action before mid-June to have the item placed before voters in the Nov. 5 General Election, according to board members.
Board members said they would like to spend a little more than $22 million to build a new high school and stadium.
Plans also would involve demolishing Cornerstone and Grill elementary schools, according to the board.
The current high school would house junior high students, and the current middle school would become an elementary school, according to Board President Cindy Webel.
Building of the high school and demolition of the elementary schools would be 51 percent funded by the state of Ohio, said Treasurer Stephanie Hagenbush. The total cost currently estimated for the high school and demolition project, for which the district would be responsible for a little less than half, is around $32 million, according to figures presented at the meeting.
Board members said as discussions continue they want to keep the cost for owners of a home valued at $100,000 under $10 a month and under 4 mills.
Summer Youth Employment Program registration available
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County youths in homes at 200 percent or less of the federal poverty level again will be eligible to participate in a summer jobs program.
Registration to participate began April 23 for the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services’ Summer Youth Program for young people ages 16 to 24. Large and small employers from the public, private and nonprofit sector will provide jobs ranging from clerical and office work to janitorial and maintenance work, as well as child care and other services. The program will start June 1 and run through Aug. 31.
The program will be operated with $1.6 million in state funding through three entities: the Akron Urban League (AUL), Jobs for Ohio Graduates (JOG) and Youth Employment for Success (YES).
Interested youths or their parents, guardians or designees must call one of these providers, based on the ZIP code where they reside, to register for the program:
- Youths residing in ZIP code 44312 should call 330-374-9477 to register with JOG; and
- Youths residing in ZIP codes 44216, 44232, 44236, 44319, 44685 and 44720 should call 330-643-7401 to register with YES.
When registering, youths or their parents, guardians or designees must have all of the following information: youth’s full legal name; youth’s full Social Security number; youth’s date of birth; and two working telephone numbers where the youth may be reached.
Eligible youths who register will be placed in the program on a first-come, first-served basis.
Due to limited funding, there is no guarantee that all youths that register will be placed in the program. A waiting list will be maintained in the event additional job slots open up, county officials said.
Kathleen Folkerth, Ariel Hakim Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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