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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 8Classifieds 10Television 11World news 12
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25, 2011
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Tornado confirmed near Ohio City
Staff Reports
VAN WERT — VanWert County EmergencyManagement Director RickMcCoy met Tuesday withNational Weather Serviceofficials who confirmedMonday’s tornado near OhioCity was an EF-1 tornadowith winds estimated at 93mph. It touched down onWalnut Grove Church Roadbetween Alspach Road andBurris Road to the southwestof the village. It was on theground for four miles andwas 100 yards wide.Ohio City Fire Chief Brandon Bowen report-ed another funnel aloft onWalnut Grove Church Roadnear Alspach Road. Bowenwatched three funnels comedown, merge into one andmove east down WalnutGrove Church Road. He lostsight of it as it became rain-wrapped.The heaviest damageoccurred at 8803 WalnutGrove Church Road. Thebarn sustained heavy damageand several outbuildings andgarage were damaged. Thehouse also had roof and sidingdamage and windows wereblown out. The tornado alsodamaged 11 other propertiesalong Walnut Grove ChurchRoad. These included homes,barns and trees. Power lineswere also down in the area.Also heavy flooding wasreported in the area with upto 3 inches of rain falling dur-ing the evening. Other areasaffected with flash floodingincluded Willshire.McCoy said another roundof severe weather is expectedtoday. He reminds the publicto remain ready during thisvery active severe weatherseason. Weather radiosand local media will givesevere weather updates alongwith the local EmergencyManagement on the scan-ner frequency 155.805 MHz.Sirens are used for tornadowarnings; they are not sound-ed county-wide but only forthe affected area that a tor-nado is expected to track.
Stacy Taff photo
Franklin Elementary School first-graders create “Fruit Hand Puppets” with paperbags during the 5-2-1-0 program celebration at the school on Tuesday. See related photoon page 12.
Students celebrate 5-2-1-0
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — A grow-ing concern among parentsand educators alike is that of childhood obesity. The AllenCounty Health Department,along with Proctor andGamble, St. Rita’s MedicalCenter and The Ohio StateUniversity at Lima have part-nered with area schools tobrainstorm on fun ways toeducate first-graders abouteating healthy and stayingactive.The 5-2-1-0 program,which stands for “5 serv-ings of fruit and vegetables,2 hours of television, 1 hourof physical activity, and 0sugary drinks” a day, helpsto reinforce healthy eatingand activity at school and athome.Tuesday afternoon,Franklin students finished theprogram with a final celebra-tion.“This is provided mainlyby the Allen County HealthDepartment but we’re col-laborating with them alongwith St. Rita’s MedicalCenter,” OSU’s Educationand the Community courseinstructor Brit Gibson said.“My students are runningthe program stations, whichinclude a relay race wherethey’re rewarded for goodfood choices, a paper baghand puppet station andthen there’s ‘Tummy Time,’which Melinda Hendersonhas set up over there, and thatuses the Starlab Planetariumto explain the human diges-tive system.”The program gearedtoward helping the youngergeneration, has also providedbenefits for the older set.“This is a really nice col-laboration. I think it’s beenreally good for my students atOSU as well because they’velearned about creating part-nerships with other organi-zations and what it’s likeplanning an event like this,”Gibson said. “I think every-one involved has benefitted.So far the 5-2-1-0 Programis just in Allen County butwe hope to expand sometimein the future. This has been awonderful year.”
Spencerville to graduate 66 SundayKalida sets graduation
Spencerville High Schoolwill present 66 diplomas tograduatesat com-mence-ment cer-emoniesat 2 p.m.Sundayin theschool’scompeti-tion gym-nasium.KaleyCore willgive the “Welcome” speech,Josiah McNulty will givethe “Thank You” speechand Ashley Hook will givethe “Farewell” speech.Top students in the classare Ariel Bonnette, KaleyCore, Trevor Crites, LeighDardio, Ashley Hook,Josiah McNulty, ShelbyMoeller and Kelley Siebert.Members of theSpencerville High Schoolclass of 2011 are: BrittanyAbels, Laura Barnes,MirandaBarnes,AustinBocook,ArielBonnette,ColeBowsher,StevenBrown,JustinBurnett,NicholasBurnett,Nicholas Clevenger, KaleyCore, Shelby Cox, TrevorCrites, Garrett Croft, LeighDardio, Alexandra Degen,Aaron English, JoshuaFetzer, Mariah Hallard,Trevor Hardeman, JessicaHawk, Staci Hiett, DevlinHinojosa, Jessica Hoffman,Cody Holmes, AshleyHook, Brian Howell, RosieHowell, Tyler Huddleston,Jonas Johnson, BrittanyKill, Collin Kill, Scott Kill,Levi Krouskop, Kip Lee,Chad Leffel, Kevin Lenhart,Christopher Matson, AndreaMays, Claire McConnell,Josiah McNulty, KaylaMiller, Shelby Moeller,Taylor Numbers, LauraO’Connor, Kelsey Oden,Andrea Pack, AaronPatterson, Rachel Rex, KaylaReynolds, Chad Roberts,Melissa Rodden, TaimeScheithauer, Kelley Seibert,Calla Shaffer, JenniferShimp, Joshua Solomon,Steven Steiger, John Strayer,Andrew Stumbaugh,Keaton Vandemark,Stormy Weilacher,Nicholas Wheeler, JordanWiechart, Tyler Wilsonand Tiffani Wurst.Kalida High Schoolwill hold commencementat 2 p.m. Sunday in thehigh school gymnasium.Valedictorian EmilyTurnwald will give the“Moving Forward” speechand Salutatorian AmandaSchulte will give the“Looking Back” speech.Turnwald is the daughterof Blythand DennyTurnwald.She plansto attendWrightStateUniversityand majorin exercisescience.She wasactive involley-ball, bas-ketball, softball, band,National Honor Societyand student council. Shehas received the WestPoint Leadership Award.Schulte is the daughter of Carl and Nora Schulte. Sheplans to attend The OhioState University and majorin health sciences. She wasactive in soccer, softball,NationalHonorSociety,Cats WhoCare,ForeignLanguageClub,studentcouncil,AcademicTeam,musi-cal stagecrew, teacher’s aide, promcommittee, Mass server,Eucharist Minister and vol-unteers at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter, The Meadows of Kalida and earned the WestPoint Leadership Award.
CoreMcNultySchulteTurnwaldSee Kalida, page 12
Showers andchance of thunderstormsThursdaywith highsin the lower70s and lows in thelower 50s. See page 2.
Day to pursue otherpassions in retirement
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — After 41 yearsof being an educator, JoyceDay says retiring at the end of this year will be bittersweet.While she feels it is time to stepdown, she will miss the stu-dents and faculty of St. John’sElementary.“I’ve justgotten to thatage and I feelit’s time,” shesaid. “I’m stillreally enjoyingthe teachingbut as they say,all good thingsmust come toan end.”A Delphosnative, Dayattended collegein Fort Wayne,obtaining herbachelor’s degreeat the Universityof St. Francis and her mas-ter’s at Indiana University.After teaching second gradefor eight years at St. Charles inFort Wayne, Day moved backhome.“Delphos is my home. Sowe moved back here and Istarted subbing,” she said.“While I was here at St. John’s,they needed an InterventionSpecialist, so I took some extraclasses at the University of Dayton and got my certifica-tion and just kind of fell intoit. That was back in 1978. I’vebeen here ever since.”With her years of experi-ence, Day has some advice foryounger educators.“The most important thingis to have a passion for the job,”she said. “You have to loveit. Another important thing iscommunication. It’s importantto keep contact with the parentsso they know what’s going onwith their child — both goodand bad things.”After she retires, Day plansto pursue other passions.“I love to volunteer andbe with people,” she said.“I do a lot with the LiturgyCommittee and I volunteerat the Thrift Shop. I’m alsoplanning on tak-ing some classesfor seniors overat OSU. I willspend more timewith my family,too. My husbandLarry, my sonBrent, my daugh-ter Molly andmy grandchil-dren, Noah andJonah.”When it comesto what she willmiss, Day hasa hard time justpicking a fewthings.“I’ll miss the contact withthe students and the otherteachers,” she said. “I get reallyinvolved with my students. Ilike to keep tabs on them afterthey’ve graduated, too. I reallytry to help them realize theirpotential and find their one truetalent, which takes some time.If you study the lives of peoplelike Thomas Edison or HenryFord, you can really see howtheir early interests influencedwho they became and whatthey did.“I try to help them by relat-ing them to other people, likeThomas Edison,” Day added.“Edison had a hearing prob-lem but he went on to accom-plish great things. I just wantthem to know that all things arepossible. Getting to see howthey turn out and what theyaccomplish gives me so muchpleasure.”
DayThe EF-1 tornado near Ohio City also left downed trees and limbs in its wake.
Times Bulletin/Ron Dunn
Pool ticketpre-sale continues
Pre-sale swimming poolseason tickets will be soldat the Municipal Building,608 North Canal Street,Delphos from 9 a.m. to4 p.m. through Friday.On May 28, 29 and 30,they will be sold at thepool from noon to 8 p.m.(weather permitting).Presale prices are:Single — $60Family — $170Over 55 — $50Regular Priceseffective June 1:Single — $80Family — $195Over 55 — $70Applications can beobtained at the MunicipalBuilding or on the city’sweb site at cityofdelphos.com. Applications can bemailed in but have to bereceived no later than May27 in order to get the pre-sale rates. The city is notresponsible for any applica-tions that are not received.To purchase a family pass,bring or attach a copy of the2010 federal income tax formto show proof of dependents.The tentative pool sea-son will be from noon to 8p.m. June 2 (unless school isextended) through Aug. 24
Today’s slate
Regional Track and FieldDivision III at Troy/Lexington/Tiffin preliminar-ies, 4 p.m. (Finals in 4x8relay; boys pole vault,long jump and discus; girlshigh jump and shot put)Division IV RegionalSoftball at Findlay: Antwerp vs.Fremont St. Joseph CC, 5 p.m.
Thursday’s slate
Division IV RegionalBaseball at Patrick Henry:Ottawa Hills vs. Stryker,2 p.m.; St. John’s vs.Hopewell-Loudon, 5 p.m.Division III At Elida:St. Henry vs. Tinora, 2p.m.; Ontario vs. CarrollBloom-Carroll, 5 p.m.Division II Track andField at Lexington pre-liminaries, 4 p.m. (Finals in4x8 relay; boys pole vault,long jump and discus; girlshigh jump and shot put)Division IV RegionalSoftball at Findlay: Crestviewvs. North Baltimore, 5 p.m.
Friday’s slate
Regional Track and FieldDivision III at Troy/Lexington/Tiffin, 4 p.m.Division IV RegionalBaseball at Patrick Henry:St. John’s/Hopewell-Loudonwinner vs. Ottawa Hills/Stryker winner, 5 p.m.Division III At Elida:St. Henry/Tinora winnervs. Ontario/Carroll Bloom-Carroll winner, 5 p.m.
Saturday’s slate
Division II Track and Field atLexington, 11:30 a.m.Division IV RegionalSoftball at Findlay: Antwerp/Fremont St. Joseph CC winnervs. Crestview/North Baltimorewinner, noon
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Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is EvynPohlman.CongratulationsEvyn!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is BrookeTeman.CongratulationsBrooke!
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 292
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
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Feb. 13, 1936-May 18, 2011
Shirley Ann Arnette, 75,of Delphos, died peacefullyat 11:40 a.m. May 18 at theInpatient Hospice Center in VanWert, surrounded by family.She was born Feb. 13,1936, in Perrysburg to JosephSeebauer and Cecilia SeebauerBatterson, who preceded herin death.On June 1, 1957, she mar-ried Walter B. Arnette at GraceEpiscopal Church in Defiance.He survives in Delphos.Other survivors includetwo daughters, Tamara“Tammy” Sue (Steve) Jackof Gomer and Michelle ReneeNagel of Bryon, Ill.; two otherdaughters she mothered, Tara(Roger) Kaverman of Elidaand Tracy (Jeff) Krendl of Fort Jennings; two sisters,Carol Vandemark of CanyonLake, Texas, and Pat Bechtelof Delta; and 11 loving andwonderful grandchildren.She was also preceded indeath by a son-in-law, RichardNagel; and a grandchild,Christopher Michael Nagel.Mrs. Arnette was a 1955graduate of Defiance HighSchool, She worked at ValueDress Shop and J.C. Penney’sin Defiance before movingto Delphos in 1963. Sincethen, she had worked at Searsand Robuck in Lima andMeyers IGA in Delphos. In1956, Shirley joined GraceEpiscopal Church in Defianceand later became a memberof Christ Episcopal Churchin Lima. Most recently, shewas a member of St. PeterLutheran Church in Delphos.She prepared many mealsfor her churches to help othersin time of celebration and need.She was also a past member of the Delphos Eagles Auxiliary.She was an accomplishedartist who worked in manymediums from oil paint-ing to watercolors to chinapainting and ceramics. In1966, she, along with LucileHarpster, were commissionedby the then Peoples Bank of Delphos to paint an 8-foot-by-4-foot collage of the Cityof Delphos. It currently hangsin the museum at the DelphosPublic Library. She greatlyenjoyed painting with her art-ist friend, Dottie Buettner, formany years. She was also veryclose to her lifelong friend,Marsha Carpenter.For most of her life, Shirleywas a wife, mother and home-maker.A celebration of her lifewith Holy Eucharist willbegin at 11 a.m. Friday at St.Peter Lutheran Church, theRev. Angela Khabeb officiat-ing. Interment of ashes willbe held at a later date duringa private service at RiversideCemetery in Defiance.Visitation will be held onehour prior to services Fridayat the church.After the service, all areinvited to the dining roomat the church for a celebra-tory lunch, to view pictures of Shirley’s life and share per-sonal remembrances with herfamily and friends.Memorial contributions areto St. Peter Lutheran Churchor the Van Wert InpatientHospice Center.Cards of condolences may besent to warnette@woh.rr.com.
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High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 77 degrees,low was 62. Rainfall wasrecorded at .08 inch. High ayear ago today was 84, lowwas 62. Record high for todayis 90, set in 1977. Record lowis 33, set in 1935.
May 8, 1943-May 22, 2011
John R. Harbert, 68, for-merly of Spencerville andContinental, died at 10:13p.m. May 22, 2011, at OdessaRegional Medical Center,Odessa, Texas.He was born May 8, 1943,in Spencerville to John andMarjorie “Margie” SlentzHarbert Jr. His father preced-ed him in death. His mothersurvives in Spencerville.He had been married toRosalie (Wurster) Harbert,who survives.Services will begin at 1p.m. Friday at Thomas E.Bayliff Funeral Home inSpencerville, the Rev. BillFast officiating. Burial will bein Spencerville Cemetery.Friends may call from 2 to8 p.m. Thursday at the funeralhome, where a Sons of theAmerican Legion service willbe held at 8 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Sept. 26, 2007-May 23, 2011
Alivia M. Lucas, 3, of Delphos, died at 7:25 p.m.Monday at her residence.She was born Sept. 26,2007, in Lima to Emily Shobeand Andrew Lucas, who sur-vive in Delphos.Other survivors includeuncles Nate Brock andNathan Shobe of Delphos;aunts Trisha Lucas, MelissaShobe, Lacy Greene and SaraeBrubaker of Delphos; pater-nal grandparents Carolyn andMichael Brock of Delphos;paternal great grandparentsShirley and Marvin Lucas of Delphos; paternal stepgreat-grandparents Virgil and GerryBrock; maternal grandparentsElizabeth and Bill Shobe; andmaternal great grandparentsUrsula Wenzlick and MaeShobe.She was preceded indeath by paternal grandfa-ther George Lucas; paternalgreat grandparents Norma andDavid Griffis; and maternalgreat-grandfathers HermanWenzlick and Warren Shobe.Miss Lucas enjoyed music,dancing, stickers and teasing.She didn’t go anywhere with-out “bunny.” She was a veryhappy and loving child, eventhrough all her challenges.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 10 a.m. Saturdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will be at a later date.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Thursday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea parish wake starts at 7:30p.m.Memorials are to the fam-ily.
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Corn: $7.30Wheat: $7.10Beans: $13.76NEW YORK (AP) —Former International MonetaryFund chief DominiqueStrauss-Kahn has shed littlepublic light on his accountof what happened betweenhim and a hotel housekeeperwho accused him of sexuallyattacking her. But in a poten-tially revealing hint, one of hislawyers has said he doesn’texpect the evidence will showa forcible encounter.If Strauss-Kahn’s lawyersare planning to argue therewas a consensual liaison, theywould be using a commonsex-crime defense argument— but one that has both suc-ceeded and failed in otherhigh-profile cases. It sets up a“he-said, she-said” confronta-tion that can pose challengesfor defense lawyers and pros-ecutors alike, legal expertssay.“They’re really diffi-cult cases because, by theirvery nature, nobody else isthere,” said Brenda Smith,an American UniversityWashington College of Lawprofessor who has studiedsexual violence. Even DNAor other forensic evidencemight establish sexual con-tact but still not prove anattack, “so it really is thecredibility of the complain-ant and the defendant, andalso the facts and informationthat each side can marshal tosupport their version of whatoccurred.”For now, Strauss-Kahnis under house arrest in aManhattan apartment on atotal of $6 million in bondand cash bail, facing attempt-ed rape and other charges.At the time of his May 14arrest, the 62-year-old econ-omist and diplomat led thepowerful, loan-making IMFand was considered a leadingcontender to challenge FrenchPresident Nicolas Sarkozy.Prosecutors say he chaseddown the cleaner in a pent-house suite, groped her, triedto pull down her pantyhoseand forced her to performoral sex.
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Marion Township Trustees
The Marion TownshipTrustees held their regu-lar scheduled meeting onMonday May 23, 2011 atthe Marion Township Officeat 7:00 p.m. with the fol-lowing members presentHoward Violet, Jerry Gildenand Joseph Youngpeter.The purpose of the meet-ing was to pay bills and con-duct ongoing business. Theminutes of the previous meet-ing were read and approvedas read. The trustees thenreviewed the bills and gaveapproval for 18 checks total-ing $32,215.62.Road Foreman Elwerreported on the preventionwalk-through that OTARMAIns. Completed. There wereonly minor infractions suchas safety gas cans be used, arail installed around the stor-age area above the office anda grinding wheel be replaced.Numerous water issueswere discussed and Elwersuggested a runoff be createdon the south side of BlissRoad east of Good Road toeliminate water from run-ning on Bliss Road duringheavy rains. Also, constructa runoff to direct water to theintersection of Piquad andShenk roads to keep wateroff of Shenk Road. The trust-ees asked him to contact anyproperty owners affected.There is also a water issueon Evans Road and Elwersaid he would need to checkfurther to see the conditionof the tileElwer advised the trusteesof vacation time he’ll be tak-ing which they approved.Fiscal Officer Kimmetpresented the revised appli-cation from Centurylink,which the trustees approvedand signed.He also reminded the trust-ees that the regular scheduledmeeting for June 13 has beenchanged to June 6.There being no furtherbusiness Trustee Gildenmade a motion to adjournwhich was seconded byTrustee Violet and passedunanimously.
By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — Ohioanswould see a shorter early vot-ing period under a proposalTuesday that cleared the Senatein this traditionally presidentialswing state.The Republican-led Senatevoted 23-10 along partylines to pass the plan, despiteDemocrats’ objections thatparts of the bill could leadto longer lines and discouragepeople from participating inelections.Supporters argue they areaddressing inconsistencies inthe law and want to help coun-ty officials save money at atime when they’re strugglingto balance budgets.Voters would have 21 daysto vote by mail and could cast aballot in person 16 days beforeElection Day. That’s downfrom the current 35-day earlyvoting period.The measure gets rid of adisputed five-day period inwhich new voters can registerand then immediately cast aballot. Though, it also givespeople a chance to register andchange their addresses online.The GOP-controlled Houserecently passed a similar pro-posal, though the two bills dif-fer on the length of the earlyvoting period and a handful of other provisions.Under the House bill, avoter couldn’t vote in personuntil 10 days prior to the elec-tion. It also changes the state’spresidential primary fromMarch to May, and eliminatesa requirement that poll work-ers direct a voter who is in thewrong precinct to the correctprecinct.Legislators in both chamberswill now have to work out thedifferences before the governorcould sign a plan into law.Many of the election reformideas in both bills come fromSecretary of State Jon Husted.His office says his preferenceis to see the General Assemblypass the measure as soon aspossible in order to give elec-tion officials time to imple-ment and test the changesbefore the 2012 presidentialelection cycle.Senate President TomNiehaus told reporters he’s hop-ing an agreement can be reachedwithin the next couple weeks.“Nothing has been broughtto my attention where someonewould say, ‘Hey, this is a majorpoint of contention. We’re notgoing to be able to work thisout,”’ he said. “I expect thatwe’ll be able to deal with theissues pretty quickly.”Niehaus, a New RichmondRepublican, said he was stillreviewing details of the Housebill, but was open to changingthe primary date to May.Democrats have blasteda provision in the bills thatwould ban local boards of elec-tions from soliciting absenteeballot requests from voters andalso prohibit boards from pay-ing the return postage on theapplications or ballots.The boards in Ohio’s larger,urban counties — those thattend to vote more Democratic— have typically made suchsolicitations.Husted and his fellowRepublicans have defendedthe idea, saying it gives unifor-mity and fairness to the processbecause not all counties canafford to send out the requests.Sen. Shirley Smith,D-Cleveland, accused themajority of succumbing to“politics, power and control.”Not all of Ohio’s 88 countiesare the same, she said, andshouldn’t be treated so.Smith and her fellowDemocrats also took issue witha provision in the Senate billthat would require voters whouse their Social Security num-bers for identification purposesto give all nine digits, insteadof the currently required lastfour digits.Both bills also include elec-tion law changes that would:—Require the state’s elec-tion chief to develop a databaseto cross-check voter informa-tion against existing state datafrom the Bureau of MotorVehicles and other agencies.—Close all in-personearly voting the Friday beforeElection Day to give boardstime to prepare and updatetheir voter rolls.—Permit the secretary of state to contract for bulk pur-chase of election supplies inorder to reduce costs of countyboards for such purchases.
Ohio Senate OKs shortened period of early voting
Ex-OSU prof says he didn’tgive illegal tip
COLUMBUS (AP) — AnOhio marketing guru is tryingfor a comeback and maintain-ing his innocence after spend-ing several years in prison forillegally tipping off friends andfamily to a merger that nettedthem nearly $900,000 throughstock trades.Former Ohio State Universityprofessor Roger Blackwell wasconvicted in 2005 for insidertrading involving the KelloggCo.’s purchase of WorthingtonFoods Inc., where Blackwell wasa board member. Battle Creek-Mich.-based Kellogg acquiredthe vegetarian food brand in1999 for $307 million.Blackwell, a nationallyknown marketing expert whohad written several businessbooks before he was convicted,is scheduled to give a businessspeech Wednesday in Columbus,his first since his sentence endedin April. He’s now under threeyears of supervision.Blackwell, 70, told TheColumbus Dispatch for aTuesday story that the publicshould be “incensed” about hisconviction.“I didn’t do anything wrong. Ididn’t do anything illegal. I havemaintained my innocence fromthe very beginning,” he said.“There was no crime. I didn’tmake a penny, but I spent mil-lions of dollars in my defense. Itdidn’t wipe me out, but it did puta big dent in my retirement.”Blackwell resigned fromOhio State in 2005, but a cam-pus hotel and conference centerthat he endowed still bears hisname. He told the Dispatch heintends to fulfill a $7 millionpledge to keep his name on thebuilding at the Fisher College of Business.“It was the American systemof injustice that dishonored theuniversity — and not me,” hesaid.Blackwell in 2005 had askedthe federal judge who sentencedhim to allow him to serve thecommunity through volunteerprojects involving the treatmentand prevention of diabetes. Hetold the judge in a letter that hehad succumbed to the tempta-tions of fame and wealth.“That now has all been takenaway and I see clearly that Hispurpose in allowing me to makethe breakthroughs I becameknown for can now be chan-neled to helping achieve similarbreakthroughs in the treatmentof diabetes and other healthproblems,” he wrote.Blackwell said he is now writ-ing three books — one about hisfaith, one about prison life andone about the U.S. drug prob-lem. He said he also is workingwith a prison ministry and con-sidering offers from companiesfor his marketing and consumerbehavior knowledge.But if Blackwell is innocent,his plans to make a comebackare ill-advised, said marketingand crisis management expertJoe Marconi.“If he believes he’s beenwronged by society and the justice system, then he has aproject to work on — to clearhis name,” Marconi told TheDispatch. “He should keep hismouth shut, keep out of the pub-lic eye and find a way to exoner-ate himself.”
By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — OhioGov. John Kasich wants tochange the way teachers cur-rently get paid by tying theirwages more directly to howwell they and their students doin the classroom.The first-term Republicangovernor’s pitch for overhaul-ing teachers’ salaries and theirevaluations is part of the $55.6billion, two-year budget theOhio House recently passed.Teachers’ unions contendthe proposal relies too heav-ily on students’ test scores.But legislators who back theperformance-pay idea say it’stime teachers get paid for howmuch their students are learn-ing and not how long they’vebeen teaching.The spending proposal isbeing debated before a stateSenate committee. Lawmakersface a June 30 deadline to passthe budget.Here are some questionsand answers about how thelegislation affects teachers’pay and evaluations:Q: How would teachers’wages change under the plan?A: Teachers’ salaries wouldbe based on how they are ratedin a new evaluation process.Their amount of training andnumber of years teaching — themain components in their cur-rent salary schedules — wouldnot be given as much weight.Instead, their employers wouldrate them on four categories thatrange from “highly effective” to“unsatisfactory.” This new payscale system would begin in the2013-2014 school year.Q: Who would develop theguidelines?A: The state superintendentwould come up with a newframework that schools mustuse for teacher evaluations.The State Board of Educationwould then review and voteon the plan. Local boards andsuperintendents could havea chance to tailor it to theirschools’ needs and also includeany input from unions.Q: Who develops the evalu-ation standards now?A: It varies by schools.Local school districts havetheir own set of criteria, whichbecome part of union contractswith the teachers. The state hasa set of recommended stan-dards they can follow, whichinclude whether teachers graspthe topics they are teaching andunderstand how students learnand use tests effectively.Q: What would these newyearly reviews look like?A: It’s unclear. That will belargely up to the state super-intendent and State Board of Education. What is known isthat the evaluations must con-sider how well the teacher com-municates and the quality of their teaching. In addition, theeducators would have to beobserved in the classroom forat least 30 minutes twice a year.Employers would have to useother measures of student prog-ress and teachers’ skills, whichhave not yet been determined.Q: How much emphasiswould be put on students’ per-formances?A: At least 50 percent of each teacher evaluation wouldbe based on state test scores andhow much students improveover the previous year.Q: Would students and par-ents get to weigh in on howteachers are doing?A: Yes. Under the legisla-tion, parent and student satis-faction would have to be con-sidered in the evaluations.Q: Do the teachers favorthat idea?A: Not exactly. MattDotson, a lobbyist for the OhioEducation Association, saysthere are better ways for parentsto be involved in their chil-dren’s education than havingthem directly review teachersand have that be a part of teach-ers’ employment status. Whilestudent input should be sought,he says, it gives kids the chanceto get back at a teacher for giv-ing them a bad grade.Q: Then why have parentsand kids give feedback onteachers?A: They know whether ateacher is good or not, saysRep. Gerald Stebelton, whochairs the House EducationCommittee. “I think the bestperson in the world to judgethe effectiveness of the teacheris the student,” said Stebelton,a Lancaster Republican.Q: When would the newevaluation process take effect?A: The framework wouldhave to be in place by the endof this year. The State Boardof Education would then haveuntil July 2012 to vote on theguidelines, so the new evalua-tions could be implemented inthe 2012-2013 school year.Q: How would the evalua-tions be used?A: Employers would usethem to make decisions not just on how much money theteacher makes, but also whowould be the first to go if therewere layoffs.
Q&A: Teacher pay changes in budget

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