Highland board discusses bond issue for new school buildings

The Highland Board of Education discussed the Highland Local School District’s plans to create new elementary school buildings at the board’s regular meeting June 19. The discussion also included the proposal of a bond issue. Board President Dr. Norman Christopher said the first thing to consider was whether to build new schools or remodel the current ones, to which he […]

Springfield district adding educational tools

LAKEMORE — A new program is being implemented in the Springfield Local School District to better individualize the learning experience for each student, further driving each pupil to academic achievement. Brad Beun, district director of special services, said the classroom tool would aid teachers in determining where each student is academically and provide a path to helping him or her […]

Bath officials working on 2018 budget

Bath Township trustees and officials plan to finalize several months’ work on developing next year’s budget next month. Township trustees agreed to gather July 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bath Administration Building, 864 W. Bath Road, for a budget hearing, a process that Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli said will include a review of next year’s possible expenditures, both for […]

Village puts income tax increase on ballot

Lakemore officials stress funds would be used only for roads LAKEMORE — Village of Lakemore officials do not want there to be any questions regarding how a proposed income tax rate increase would be used. “We heard there was some confusion last time,” said Council President Richard Cole. “We want to be clear, this will be strictly for the streets.” […]

Manchester board moves renewal levy to ballot

On June 20, the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education took the second of two steps to place the renewal of an operating levy on the Nov. 7 General Election ballot. The 5.99-mill five-year operating levy was first passed in 2013, according to Treasurer Jennifer Rucker, and generates $1,145,974 annually. Rucker stated operating levies are used to pay for salaries, […]

State budget cause for county concerns

DOWNTOWN AKRON — County Finance Director Brian Nelsen gave an in-depth report on how the county is doing financially to Summit County Council June 19. All things considered, the county’s finances are looking fine — the gist is an approximate 1.37 percent year-to-date increase in General Fund revenue over last year, he said. However, the state’s biennium budget, which passed […]

Trustees approve payment for business corridor updates

Plus, new fiscal officer hired The Boston Township Board of Trustees approved the payment of $17,100 to Northstar Planning and Design at the June 14 meeting. At the May 24 trustees’ meeting Trustee Randy Bergdorf reported that planner Mark Majewski, president of Northstar Planning, would prepare a proposal for the Zoning Commission to implement his recently proposed changes. The township […]

Council rejects fact-finding report for dispatcher negotiations

The City of Fairlawn and the bargaining unit representing the city’s communications specialists, or dispatchers, will continue to look for a new deal following City Council’s unanimous rejection of a fact-finding report related to the negotiations during its June 19 meeting. Fairlawn Law Director Bryan Nace said both sides agreed to a fact finder, but noted the fact-finder’s decisions were […]

Trustees oppose conservancy district

Representatives of the Yellow Creek Foundation attended the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting June 13 to explain the status of the foundation’s proposed Yellow Creek Watershed Conservancy District, which would affect Sharon, as well as other nearby communities. Foundation President Brenda McShaffrey said she filed a petition in favor of the conservancy district with the Summit County Common Pleas Court […]

Medical marijuana view shared with Council

Public hearings on proposed operations coming June 26 DOWNTOWN AKRON — Members of Akron City Council learned more about medical marijuana June 19 as they prepare to hear from several entities seeking permission to operate cultivation and processing facilities in the city. Council members joined members of the Akron Planning Commission for the special meeting to hear from Dr. Martha […]