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NORTHWEST 50¢ PRESS Your Community Press newspaper serving Colerain Township, Green Township, Groesbeck, Monfort Heights, Pleasant Run, Seven Hills, White Oak WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 Election results Because of our deadlines, there are no election results in this week’s Northwest Press. For election results right now, please see our on-line election coverage at Checking In Check out Checking In, a regular online feature that gives you the scoop about what’s going on in the community early in the morning. You can also get Colerain Township news delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe at coleraintownship, and each day at 8 a.m. you’ll receive an email listing the latest township news. Northwest schools move ahead with $3.44M in cuts By Jennie Key The Northwest Local School District Board of Education told administrators they stand by the reduction plan developed by the district staff and approved moving ahead with $3.44 million in cuts for the coming school year. The board voted unanimously to move ahead at its Feb. 27 meeting. The district estimates it will save more than $1 million eliminating the equivalent of 21 fulltime teaching positions. The plan means a three-year narrow grade range pilot that has been in place at Welch and Pleasant Run elementary schools will expand to include two other pairs of schools. Narrow grade range elementary buildings cluster students by age: Students in kindergarten through second grade are in one group, and third through fifth graders make up the other. Superintendent Rick Glatfelter said Struble and Weigel elemntary schools will pair up, with Struble serving students in kindergarten Glatfelter through second grade and Weigel grades three, four and five. Bevis and Taylor elementary schools will also pair up, with Taylor housing younger studnts and Bevis taking the older group. At the middle school level, five positions will be eliminated due to declining enrollment and cutting elective sections. Six high school positions will be eliminated as the district pilots a new teaching model that relies on a blend of classroom and online instruction and cutting elective sections. One position at the Northwest Passage alternative program will also be cut. GETTING THE BOOT MORE INFORMATION You can see Superintendent Rick Glatfelter’s message to the community about the cuts on the district website at A group of 11 curriculum department positions will be reduced from full-time to half-time. These curriculum staff members will assume half-time teaching duties and two administrative positions will be eliminated, cutting the equivalent of 7.5 positions saving an estimated $700,000. The district is also cutting classified positions, including the equivalent of four full-time custodians, five full-time bus drivers and aides for intervention services. The cuts also include reductions in office hours, supply budgets, and the elimination of 10 office positions. The district will also raise its Do you know where this is? Maybe you drive past it everyday. It's somewhere in the community, but where? Send your name and your best guess to or call 853-6287 and leave your name and your answer. The deadline to respond is 3 p.m. Friday. If you're correct, we'll publish your name in next week's newspaper along with the correct answer. See this week’s answer on B5. Contact The Press News .........................923-3111 Retail advertising ............768-8196 Classified advertising ........242-4000 Delivery ......................853-6263 See page A2 for additional information Morning Bootcamp at the Skyline Community Center, offers people who are serious about getting in shape a plan that should help them do it. Tom Stall, Colerain Township Fire Deparment stretches with trainer Gary Terry during a Bootcamp session at the center. See story and photos, B1. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS pay-to-participate fee from $100 per student per sport to $200 with a $400 cap per student. This increase will be in effect beginning with the fall sport season of the coming school year. “This is not a cut but the revenue will go into the general fund to help offset some of the cost of the coaches’ and sponsors’ contracts,” Glatfelter said. Board members said they were not happy to make the cuts, but they have no choice. “We have talked about this for a long time, but it is heartwrenching to have to do this,” said board member Pam Detzel. “We have no other choice.” Board president David Denny said this is not an easy time for the district or the community and urged residents to get accurate information from good sources. “If you have questions, ask us,” he said. “We are an open book.” Colerain town hall meeting set March 8 Trustees want input to balance budget Hair raising Vol. 91 No. 4 © 2012 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS They have a date, they have the data, now all the Colerain Township Board of Trustees needs is the people. The board is inviting residents to come to a special meeting to have a conversation about the township’s finances. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Colerain Township Government Complex, 4200 Springdale Road. “This is a really important issue, and we are hoping residents of the township will come and give us their input,” said board president Jeff Ritter. The meeting will be livestreamed on and Waycross officials said they will be working with the township to see if they can set up some kind of live online communication during the meeting. Details will be posted on the township’s website at and on the Colerain Township Facebook page. Since last summer, township trustees and department heads have been talking about losing revenue due to changes in state local government funds and other changes at the state level that have resulted in less money for local governments such as Colerain Township. Departments which are mostly funded through the general fund will see a decrease in the money available to operate this year. Rowan Those departments include the administration department, parks and services department, public works department, senior and community center department and zoning department. The board wants the public to be part of the process and plans to review possible cuts to the 2012 budget and the impact it will have on the general operating fund and the services it supports. The proposed cuts will not impact safety services as they are funded by dedicated levies. Colerain Township Administrator Jim Rowan said the township has been dipping into its reserves each year. He said the township will submit its permanent 2012 appropriations in April, and immediately begin talking about the 2013 budget. Rowan said the township will be posting budget-related information on the township web page. “I see these discussions as ongoing,” he said. “We will do a lot of benchmarking this year and identify some best practices moving forward.” It’s better here. 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