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BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — As theschool year wraps up, St.John’s Elementary teacher JoeHerrmann prepares to wrapup his career. After 35 years,Herrmann says hewill miss the stu-dents but it will bea nice change tohave time to do thethings he enjoys.“I think I’mabout worn out,”Herrmann joked.“You can kind of feel when you’vereached the endof your rope withsomething likethis. I love the job butthere seems to be a lot moremental stress involved nowthan when I was younger.The work seems to pile upmore, not less, and the olderyou get, the more you want tolighten the load. In reality, thework is probably the same butI just feel it more.”The heaviness of Herrmann’s work loadrevolves around the manyhats he wears as a St. John’steacher.“I teach sixth-grade sci-ence and health, eighth-gradehealth and physical educationand I also teach religion,” hesaid. “When you teach onesubject to different classes,it’s not as difficult becauseyou’re doing all of the samepreparations. When you’redoing several dif-ferent subjects fordifferent classesit’s more workbecause you’reworking on dif-ferent prepara-tions. I’ve addedmore subjectsover the yearsand I guess it’seasier to jugglethem the moreexperience youhave but it can stillwear you out. If a new teachercame in and tried to do all of these classes, I imagine thatcould get really tough.”Herrmann, who livesbetween Beaverdam andBluffton, plans to take thingsas they come after retiring.“I don’t really have anyplans set yet, so I’ll just seewhere the Lord leads me,”he said. “I imagine I’ll bedoing some more yard work
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Jefferson to hand out 78 diplomas at 136th commencement Saturday
Jefferson High School’s136th Commencement willbegin at 9 a.m. Saturdayin the Jefferson MiddleSchool Auditorium.There are 78 membersof the Class of 2011.Commencement speakerwill be Andy Lynch, sportsdirector of WTLW-TV.Pastor Harry Tolhurst of First United PresbyterianChurch will deliver the invo-cation. The student prayerwill be delivered by LoganBonifas and Colin Barclaywill deliver the benediction.The valedictoriansof the class are MitchellAntalis and Dulton Moore.They will be addressingthe assembly on behalf of the Class of 2011.
is the son of Gregand Kim Antalis. His highschoolactivitiesinclude:NationalHonorSociety,DelphosJuniorOptimistClub,Varsity“D” Club and Fellowshipof Christian Athletes. Hehas played football, basket-ball and run track for fouryears, serving as captain of the football and basketballteams this year. Antalishas been the top studentin Trigonometry/Statistics,Advanced PlacementLiterature and Composition,Biology, Chemistry, AlgebraII and Spanish I, II and III.He has taken the AdvancedPlacement Exams inStatistics, Calculus, EnglishLiterature and Compositionand English Language andComposition. He currentlyholds the rank of EagleScout with the Boy Scoutsof America. He will beattending The Ohio StateUniversity, Columbus,majoring in engineering.
is the son of Steveand Lesley Moore. His highschool activities include:National Honor Society,serving as vice presidentthis year; Delphos JuniorOptimist Club, 2 years;Students Against DestructiveDecisions, serving as presi-dent this year; Fellowshipof Christian Athletes, serv-ing as a team leader thisyear; Family Career andCommunity Leaders of America, 4 years; StudentCouncil, 2 years; ClassOfficer, 3 years; ScholasticBowl,4 years;and theDelphosFFAChapter,serving astreasurerfor thepast twoyears.He was atop student in Geometry,American History I, CollegePreparatory English I,Biology I, Chemistry,Spanish I, Spanish II andIII, Algebra II, CollegePreparatory English II,Agriscience II, Biology IIand Advanced PlacementStatistics. He has taken theAdvanced Placement Examsin Literature & Composition,Language and Composition,Statistics and Calculus.Moore volunteers for anumber of school and com-munity activities, includingthe Church Women United’sInterfaith Thrift Shop andthe Trinity United MethodistChurch. He will be attend-ing Ball State University,Muncie, Ind., majoringin actuarial sciences.Seniors graduating withHigh Honors are LoganBonifas, Ryan Ebbeskotte,Cynthia Harlan, ZacharyMorris and Logan Wurst.Seniors graduating withHonors are Colin Barclay,Korey Boggs, Sarah Bosley,Leigh Brock, Michelle
AntalisMooreSee JEFFERSON, page 12
More stormsroll throughTri-county
Staff reports
Wave after wave of severeweather continued to ham-mer the Tri-county area onWednesday, just two daysafter one confirmed and oneunconfirmed twister passedOhio City on Monday.Just before 3:30 p.m.Wednesday, a funnel cloudwas spotted along Kear Roadon Van Wert’s north side.From all appearances, thetwister seemed to form at thatspot, less than a mile fromwhere the 2002 F-4 tornadocaused so much destruction.It is believed to have traveledto the east/northeast, beingsighted on the ground nearthe Van Wert-Putnam CountyLine on U.S. 224.This storm did bend sixpower poles on the north sideof the street back across theroadway, causing a signifi-cant power outage for thelate afternoon and eveninghours. According to ShellyClark of American ElectricPower, the number of cus-tomers affected eventually hit965. Areas affected includedVan Wert’s northwest side,as well as Pleasant Road andMarsh Road. Clark said thecompany hoped to have allpower restored by midnight.Strangely, the first report of the damage to the utility poleswas that a large truck hadstruck them. Van Wert PoliceChief Joel Hammond con-firmed the damage as weath-er-related, adding, “There’sno way a truck could havetaken out this many poles!”However, Mother Naturekept reloading. Soon afterthe first storm passed, theskies to the west darkened toa bluish-green hue. Van WertCounty EMA Director RickMcCoy explained, “Thatgreen color is the sun shin-ing and reflecting throughthe hail.”The next wave broughtheavy rain and hail, somethe size of ping pong balls,reported just outside of VanWert. McCoy reported 1.57inches of rain fell during anapproximately three-hourspan in the late afternoon andearly evening.Winds also whipped treesaround. McCoy said the high-est wind speed he recorded athis office on Van Wert’s eastside was 58 mph.More showers and thun-derstorms passed through thecounty during the eveninghours.Allen and Putnam countieshad no damages to report.
Herrmann to shed some hats
Smart looking forward to timewith grandchildren in N.C.
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — Frenchwriter Jean-Baptiste AlphonseKarr is credited as saying“the more things change, themore they stay thesame.” After threeand a half decadesin teaching, oneeducator will soonretire reflecting ona mix of changeand permanence.Mar Smart, 58,says she is experi-encing a blend of emotions.“As our finalday of schoolapproaches and I reflectupon my past few yearshere at Ottoville High School,I am both nostalgic and excit-ed. I am nostalgic becauseI have met many amazingyoung people and feel hon-ored to have been part of their lives. I consider manyof them friends. I am excited,however, because I will nowbe able to do more travel-ing to visit my grandchildrenin North Carolina; we alsohave another grandchild onthe way,” she said.Smart will do her trek-king to the southeast withmany happy memories fromher career.“I will take many fondmemories with me. Manythings have changed, tech-nology especially. When Istarted, we usedmimeographmachines insteadof copiers. Wehad chalkboardsbut now we havewhiteboards andcomputers; wecan also printfrom them to thecopier in anotherroom,” she said.Smart hasseen students alsochange in some ways,while not changingmuch in other ways.“Students are definitelydifferent — it takes a lot moreto interest and excite themthan it did when I startedteaching. I think it’s becausethey are used to sitting infront of televisions and com-puters. So, it takes a lot morefor a teacher standing in frontof them to get them interestedand involved. Other than that,I haven’t seen much changein behavior. This is prob-ably because of where I’mteaching. Ottoville has goodkids who are good-naturedand behave themselves whenthey need to,” she said.Smart remembers how her journey unfolded:“I received a bachelor of science in English educationand an educational mediadegree from Wright StateUniversity and a master’sdegree in library science fromKent State University. I taughtat Ohio City-Liberty School,then Van Wert High Schoolfor the first 25 years of mycareer. In Van Wert, I wasinvolved in the school librar-ies and taught English 7, 8and 9,” she said. “I came toOttoville High School in 1999and was fortunate enough tobe able to help in the planningof the beautiful media cen-ter. I have been teaching highschool English for the pastfew years, as well as being theyearbook advisor.”After all these years, rec-ognizing the time for transi-tion has arrived and did notcome easy.“Retiring after 36 yearsin education is not an easydecision; I’m not certain Iwill know what to do whenAugust rolls around,” sheconcluded.
Art guild to hostGutwein show
The Delphos Area ArtGuild will host “Barns of Indiana,” a collection of 50 oil paintings by GwenGutwein at the 2nd FloorGallery at 339 N. Main St.The opening receptionwill be held from 6-8:30p.m. June 4 and includesmusic and refreshments.Admission is free.The exhibit will thenbe open on weekendsthrough June 30.For private showings,call 419-863-0120.The collection is onloan from the Fort WayneMuseum of Art.In conjunction with theshow, the museum willhold a 50/50 raffle and“brick sale” to help defraythe cost of brick restora-tion work in the gallery.
Boosters sellingdinner tickets
St. John’s AthleticBoosters will spon-sor a BBQ chickendinner on June 9.Dinner includes a half-chicken, baked potato,applesauce and roll.Pre-sale tickets are $7and available from all springathletes at the high schooloffice or the St. John’sMinistry Center office. Thedinner is pre-sale only.
Annual CanalCleanup set
The Delphos CanalCommission, Ohio Divisionof Parks and the DelphosCity Parks have set theannual Miami-Erie CanalCleanup through Delphosfor 8:30 a.m. June 11.All workers must sign inat the Hanser Pavilion.The effort is in preparationfor the July 4 celebration.Volunteers should dressappropriately. Several peoplewith waders are needed.Grass and weed cutting willonly occur at street cross-ings. Weed whackers arealso needed. There will beno brush or tree cutting.Cleanup should be com-pleted prior to noon.Call Lou at 419-203-0878.Thirty per-cent chanceof morn-ing showersFriday. Highin mid 60s.See page 2.
Weather changestrack regionals,graduation
Due to the severe weatherthat passed through much of western Ohio on Wednesday,Division III Regional Trackand Field competition wasbeen postponed until Fridayafternoon in Troy.Jefferson High Schoolhas decided to reschedule itsgraduation ceremonies for 9a.m. Saturday in the JeffersonMiddle School auditorium.(See below)The St. John’s/Hopewell-Loudon regional baseballgame will be played Friday.
See HERRMANN, page 12
Stacy Taff photo
Getting ready for summer break 
Jefferson High School juniors clean out their lockers today in preparation for theend of the school year. Papers and more were flying as the class made ready for the lastday of school on Wednesday.
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Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is HaleyJettinghoff.CongratulationsHaley!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is ElijahKimmett.CongratulationsElijah!
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Alivia M., 3, of Delphos, Mass of ChristianBurial begins at 10:30 a.m.Saturday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Rev. Melvin Verhoff offi-ciating. Burial will be at alater date. Friends may callfrom 2-8 p.m. today at Harterand Schier Funeral Home,where a parish wake starts at7:30 p.m. Memorials are tothe family.
Shirley Ann,75, of Delphos, celebration of her life with Holy Eucharistwill begin at 11 a.m. Friday atSt. 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 ser-vice, all are invited to thedining room at the church fora celebratory lunch, to viewpictures of Shirley’s life andshare personal remembranceswith her family and friends.Memorial contributions areto St. Peter Lutheran Churchor the Van Wert InpatientHospice Center. Cards of con-dolences may be sent to war-nette@woh.rr.com.
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At 4:58 p.m. on Wednesday,Delphos Police were called toa business in the 1800 blockof East Fifth Street in refer-ence to a disturbance at thebusiness.Upon officers’ arrival, theycame into contact with LarryKlaus, 57, of Delphos. Klaushad previously been advisedto not be at the business or hewould be arrested. Officersadvised Klaus he was beingarrested on charges of crimi-nal trespassing. As officersbegan placing Klaus in cus-tody, he pulled away fromofficers and began resisting.As a result, officers utilizedtheir Taser on Klaus at whichtime he complied with officersand was placed in custody.Klaus was transported tothe Allen County Jail and willappear in Lima MunicipalCourt on charges of criminaltrespassing, resisting arrestand persistent disorderly con-duct.
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In 1521, Martin Luther wasbanned by the Edict of Worms(vohrms) because of his reli-gious beliefs and writings.In 1868, the impeachmenttrial of President AndrewJohnson ended with his acquit-tal on the remaining charges.In 1938, the HouseUn-American ActivitiesCommittee was establishedby Congress.In 1941, the American FlagHouse, where Betsy Ross oncelived, was donated to the cityof Philadelphia.In 1960, U.N. AmbassadorHenry Cabot Lodge accusedthe Soviets of hiding a micro-phone inside a wood carv-ing of the Great Seal of theUnited States that had beenpresented to the U.S. embassyin Moscow.In 1969, the Apollo 10astronauts returned to Earthafter a successful eight-daydress rehearsal for the firstmanned moon landing.In 1972, President RichardM. Nixon and Soviet leaderLeonid Brezhnev signed theAnti-Ballistic Missile Treaty inMoscow. (The U.S. withdrewfrom the treaty in 2002.)In 1981, 14 people werekilled when a Marine jetcrashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitzoff Florida.
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MORELIA, Mexico —Fierce fighting among appar-ent rival drug gangs in west-ern Mexico bloodied onehighway with 28 dead, whilein a nearby state more than700 people huddled in shel-ters after fleeing villages thathad become battlegrounds.The violence, whichappeared to be unrelated,escalated Wednesday in thewestern states of Nayarit andMichoacan, where drug car-tels have been warring forterritory.Police in Nayarit initiallyresponded to a citizen com-plaint of a kidnapping by agroup of armed men, who fledon a federal highway near thetown of Ruiz in the centralpart of the state, accordingthe state prosecutors office.As the officers headedtoward the scene, they hearda second report of a shoot-out involving the same men,according to the statement,which did not identify thegangs or the victims.Police found 28 men lyingdead and four others woundedon the road littered with bulletcasings from high-poweredweapons and 10 abandonedvehicles.The statement releasedlate Wednesday by the attor-ney general’s office gave nofurther details.Earlier in the day, an offi-cial in the nearby westernstate of Michoacan said drugcartel violence had promptedfrightened villagers there toflee hamlets and take refugeat five shelters set up at achurch, event hall, recreationcenter and schools.It is at least the secondtime a large number of ruralresidents have been displacedby drug violence in Mexico.In November, about 400 peo-ple in the northern bordertown of Ciudad Mier tookrefuge in the neighboring cityof Ciudad Aleman followingcartel gunbattles. That shelterhas since been closed andmost have returned to theirhomes.Michoacan state CivilDefense Director CarlosMandujano said about 700people spent Tuesday nightat a primitive water parkin the town of BuenavistaTomatlan, with most sleep-ing under open thatched-roof structures.Mandujano said stateauthorities were providingsleeping mats, blankets andfood for those in the shelter.Residents told localauthorities that gunbattlesbetween rival drug cartel fac-tions had made it too dan-gerous for them to stay inoutlying hamlets. The latestreports said arsonists wereburning avocado farms in thenearby town of Acahuato.“We woke up with fear(on Monday), but thingsappeared to have quieteddown. It wasn’t until later thatmorning that we saw SUVswith armed men driving byvery fast and shooting at eachother,” said a woman whodid not want to be named forsecurity reasons.Several displaced peoplesaid they would stay at theshelters all week before con-sidering going back to theirvillages.“I am not scared, but mychildren are,” said a mother,who asked not to be quotedby name because of fear of retaliation.The fighting in Michoacanis believed to involve rivalfactions of the Michoacan-based La Familia drug cartel,some of whose members nowcall themselves “The KnightsTemplar.”Mexico still has fewerpeople displaced by violencethan countries like Colombia,according to the Norway-based Internal DisplacementMonitoring Centre, whichtracks such figures. It esti-mates about 230,000 peoplein Mexico have been drivenfrom their homes, often to staywith relatives or in the UnitedStates. An estimated 3.6 mil-lion to 5.2 million people havebeen displaced by decades of drug- and guerrilla-war vio-lence in Colombia.Buenavista police chief Othoniel Montes Herrerasaid he has neither the man-power nor the armament topatrol rural areas frequent-ed by drug gangs. Sendingill-armed officers out there“would be certain death, andwe’re not thinking of puttingour personnel at that risk.”ISLAMABAD (AP) —Pakistan will use “all appro-priate means” to attack mili-tant hideouts inside the coun-try, the prime minister saidtoday, amid rising criticism of the nation’s security forces inthe wake of a deadly 16-hourassault on a naval base lastweekend.Yousuf Raza Gilani gaveno indication the army wasconsidering new offensivesalong the Afghan border,where most of the militantsin Pakistan are based alongwith other groups and affili-ates who are attacking U.S.troops in Afghanistan.The United States wants tosee action in North Waziristanregion especially, where adeadly Afghan Taliban factionis based, to help it put pres-sure on Afghan insurgents andenable it to begin withdrawingtroops later this summer after10 years of war.Washington has been qui-etly helping train Pakistansecurity forces in the north-west, but that cooperation hasfaltered amid several incidentsthat have exposed the fragilenature of ties between the twonations — most recently theunilateral May 2 raid in whichU.S. Navy SEALs killedOsama bin Laden.On Tuesday, Pentagonspokesman Marine Col.David Lapan said the UnitedStates was reducing the num-ber of its military trainers inPakistan, in a further sign of the deteriorating relationship.Lapan said there were morethan 200 trainers in Pakistan,but he provided no details onhow many had been with-drawn since Islamabad madeits request two weeks ago.Gilani’s remarks followed ameeting late Wednesday withdefense chiefs. He said thegovernment “will ensure thatterrorists hideouts are beingdestroyed using all appropri-ate means.”“It is clear that we are nowentering another definingphase in the struggle againstterrorists and for reconciliationand peace in Afghanistan,” hesaid, referring to Pakistan’sdesire to play a leading rolein any negotiations to end thewar in Afghanistan.Pakistan’s army hasattacked militants in severalborder regions over the lastfour years, but with limitedsuccess and public support.It has yet to attack NorthWaziristan, now consid-ered the hub of al-Qaida andTaliban activity, saying itstroops are too stretched.The weekend attack onthe base in the port city of Karachi was carried out bymilitants who had trainedin Waziristan, according toInterior Minister RehmanMalik. At least 10 peoplewere killed and two U.S. sup-plied aircraft destroyed in theattack, one of the most brazenin years.The raid raised fresh anxi-eties domestically and inter-national about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.MANILA, Philippines(AP) — Thousands of peoplealong the eastern Philippinecoastline were moving totemporary shelters today asa powerful typhoon packingstrong winds and plenty of rain roared toward the coun-try’s northeast.Typhoon Songda was notexpected to make landfall butwill skirt along shores withwinds of up to 93 miles (150kilometers) per hour and rain-fall of 1.2 inches (30 millime-ters), the government weatherbureau said.“It has a big radius, so itcan affect many areas evenif it does not make landfall,”said forecaster Mario Palafox.About 20 typhoons hit thePhilippines every year, kill-ing hundreds of people anddestroying crops despite gov-ernment efforts to minimizecasualties and damage byordering early evacuations.In central Albay province,Gov. Joey Salceda sent mili-tary trucks to begin moving250,000 residents from coast-al and landslide-prone villagesand areas in the path of debrisfrom the Mayon volcano.He also offered 11 pounds(five kilograms) of rice as anincentive for each family thatevacuates.Government offices inthe region were closed andflights canceled. More than7,000 people were strandedin ports after the coast guardbarred sea travel in areas withtyphoon warnings.In other provinces leadingup to the northwest, officialshave collected rubber boatsand food supplies and put res-cuers on standby.“Local government offi-cials have enough time to pre-pare, so we hope we have” nocasualties, presidential spokes-man Edwin Lacierda said.President Benigno AquinoIII left on a visit to Thailandtoday but instructed officialsto send him regular updates.
Pakistan PM vows to target militant sanctuaries
Thousands evacuate as typhoon skirts Philippines
At 3:47 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos Police were contact-ed by a business in the 1100block of Elida Avenue in ref-erence to a theft report.Upon speaking with theowner of the business, headvised officers that threedays prior, a subject had cometo the business and had takenitems without paying forthem.At 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos police were contact-ed by a resident in referenceto a theft.The complainant advisedpolice their son’s bike wasparked in the 700 block of West Second Street andwhen he returned, it had beentaken.
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www.delphosherald.comCOLUMBUS (AP) — Anew public park is ready forvisitors where a shopping mallonce stood a short walk from theOhio Statehouse in Columbus.Thursday is grand openingday for the 9-acre ColumbusCommons, which features acarousel, concert stage, cafiand gardens. There’s even a“reading room” with booksfor browsing and free wi-fiprovided by the ColumbusMetropolitan Library.The downtown park hasreplaced Columbus City Center,a 20-year-old mall that closedin 2009.
Columbus keepsdowntown freshwith new park
TOLEDO (AP) — Ohio gas-oline prices took a short breatherbut took off and running twodays before the Memorial Daytravel weekend.AAA Northwest Ohio mar-keting director April Cochrantold The Blade newspaper shewatched prices spike in Toledowhile filling up her car onWednesday. She paid $3.59 agallon and says the service sta-tion was changing the price to$3.89 as she pulled away.Gas prices had been fallingin the state since regular hit arecord $4.16 May 4, accordingto a daily survey from AAA, theOil Price Information Serviceand Wright Express. The autoclub says Thursday’s statewideaverage for regular was $3.80,up 10 cents from Wednesday.
Ohio gas pricesspiking again
By LISA CORNWELLAssociated Press
CINCINNATI — Ohioschool districts already arecutting thousands of jobs inanticipation of losing fundingin the upcoming state budget,as unions and other educa-tion groups lobby hard at theStatehouse to get some of itrestored.In Cincinnati, 226 schooldistrict jobs have been cut,including 145 teaching posi-tions. Columbus schools areeliminating the equivalentof about 260 full-time jobs,including about 200 teachingpositions. Cleveland’s districtis eliminating more than 800 jobs, including 643 teacherslots. Dayton school officialsare cutting nearly 300 jobs,including about 140 teacherand teacher-support positions.“No corner of our districthas been untouched by thecuts we have had to make,”Dayton Superintendent LoriWard said.Smaller districts are slash-ing jobs. The Medina districtin northeast Ohio is cuttingmore than 70 teacher andteaching-support positions,and 13 teachers won’t bereplaced in southwest Ohio’sNew Richmond district.The Ohio EducationAssociation union says near-ly 3,800 teacher and sup-port staff jobs in Ohio won’tbe filled next year throughlayoffs, retirements or resig-nations, and more cuts areexpected.Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s$55.6 billion, two-year bud-get includes $6.4 billion ineducation aid in its first yearand $6.5 billion in its second— up 1 percent the first yearand 2 percent the second. Itwould take effect July 1.Kasich spokesman RobNichols says no district willtake more than a 7.9 percenthit and most will see a 4 per-cent to 5 percent decrease infederal, state and local fund-ing.Teachers’ unions andgroups representing schoolboards and school businessofficials estimate the lost fed-eral stimulus funding and twobig tax policy changes con-tained in the budget reallymean districts will see $3.1billion in overall losses thenext two years.Stimulus money wasintended to carry cash-strapped states through anational recession, afterwhich their revenue streamshopefully would improve.Nichols said districts shouldhave been prepared for stimu-lus dollars to dry up.“Districts that failed totake into account the loss of federal stimulus money willhave more trouble than mostcoping,” he said.The budget is now in thestate Senate, where todayis the deadline for the nextround of changes in the state’sproposed spending blueprint.Senate President Tom Niehaussaid Tuesday it was too earlyto tell what changes would bemade to school funding, buteducation groups are lobby-ing intensely.“We’re trying to get leg-islators to understand howthese cuts are going to impactstudents and communities, if people are losing jobs,” saidSue Taylor, Ohio Federationof Teachers union president.Taylor cited a study by theleft-leaning Innovation Ohiothink tank that estimates25,000 teaching and supportstaff positions will be lostby the end of 2013 under thecurrent plan.“What is scaring a lot of districts now is what situa-tion they will find themselvesin come July 1,” Taylor said.Kasich’s administrationsays his plan ensures thatdistricts that rely the most onstate assistance will not bearthe greatest burden from lostfederal stimulus funds. Butthe majority will see fund-ing decreases, and more than300 districts will no longerget a tangible personal-prop-erty tax reimbursement, saidDavid Varda, executive direc-tor of the Ohio Associationof School Business Officials.That reimbursement and apublic-utility tax reimburse-ment pumped over $1 billionthis year into districts thatwill be affected by the accel-erated phase-out of thosepayments under Kasich’splan, Varda said.Ohio EducationAssociation spokeswom-an Michele Prater said thestrategy “passes the buck”to local communities, wherepressure will be increased toraise taxes to provide basiceducational services.
Ohio schools axe jobs anticipating funding cuts
“We’re trying toget legislators tounderstand howthese cuts aregoing to impactstudents and com-munities, if peopleare losing jobs.”
— Sue Taylor,Ohio Federation of Teachers union presidentCOLUMBUS (AP) —Filthy text messages andbehind-the-back whisperswere just a sample of theharassment Cynthia Logansaid her daughter faced aftera nude cell phone picture of the Ohio teenager was sentaround her high school.The taunting had gottenso bad that the 18-year-oldwould skip class, her mothersaid. And after weeks of ridi-cule at her Cincinnati school,Jessica Logan hanged herself in her bedroom.Almost three years afterJessica’s death, CynthiaLogan urged state lawmak-ers Wednesday evening tosupport a bill that bears herdaughter’s name.The Jessica Logan Actwould require public schoolsto expand their bullying pol-icies to prohibit harassmentby cell phones, computersand other electronic means.Schools would also haveto train teachers to combatcyberbullying.“I really believe thatthis would have helped mydaughter,” Logan told anOhio House committee asshe clutched a framed por-trait of Jessica.The legislative panel isreviewing the bill and heardfrom its supporters at thehearing; no one spoke againstthe measure.The measure would allowadministrators to disciplinestudents who cyberbullytheir classmates on busesand off school grounds if itharms their learning envi-ronment. Any new cyberbul-lying policy from the dis-tricts would have to spellout that students could facesuspension if they harasssomeone.“If people think theycan get away with it, theycan continue to do it,” saidRep. Nancy Garland, a NewAlbany Democrat and one of the bill’s sponsors.Garland said identifyingcyberbullying as harassmentin student handbooks and inschool policies puts studentsand parents on notice aboutthe problem, which has beenhappening not just in herColumbus-area district butacross the state.“It’s become an epidem-ic,” Garland said.Mentor High School innortheast Ohio had four stu-dents die by their own handsbetween 2006 and 2008.Three were suicides, one anoverdose of antidepressants.All four students had beenbullied.
Mom of teen who killed self wants bullying policies expanded
BOWLING GREEN (AP)— Animal rescue workers aretrying to find homes for about30 feral felines that have over-run a rest area on Interstate 75in northwest Ohio after somecats were abandoned there.The rest stop near BowlingGreen has become home toabout 20 to 30 strays, TheSentinel-Tribune of BowlingGreen reported Wednesday.The cat population multi-plied after travelers abandonedseveral cats there and employ-ees and passing motoristsfed them, said Tina Perkins,with the Ohio Departmentof Transportation’s office inBowling Green.
Rescuers step inafter cats wereabandoned

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