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 Sept. 6, 2007 Edition

 
Each year, Betty Ward leads the Monroe County Fair
4-H Parade. This year the parade was held on Friday
due to the stormy weather that greeted fairgoers on Monday.

< Switzerland School Board Approves Teacher Contract

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        In a meeting that lasted less than ten
minutes, the Switzerland of Ohio board of education approved a
three  year contract for the Switzerland of Ohio
Education Association (SOEA).  The action was taken at
a special meeting held August 30. The vote was 4-1
with board member Scott Dierkes casting the negative
vote.
        According to the contract, teachers will
receive an increase in their base salary for each of the
contract’s three year period.          
For 2007-08 the agreement calls for an increase of two percent to
$25,930.78; effective July 1, 2008, a three percent
increase to $26,708.70; and effective July 1, 2009 an
increase of 2.1 percent, bringing the base salary to
$27,269.58.
        The contract also allows for mileage to be
paid at the IRS rate per mile to certified/licensed employees
serving two or more schools, when on school business.
        SOEA members will continue to pay 10 percent
of their insurance premium.
        The contract increased sick leave accumulation
from 250 to 255 days during the 2007-08 school year and to
260 days during the 2008-09 school year.       
        The total number of transferred days to be
used for a catastrophic illness was increased from 20 to 25 a
year.
        With regard to severance pay, the new contract
states any teacher hired after July 1, 2007 will receive
superseverance provided he/she retires under a plan
with either at least 25 years of service and 55 years
of age or at least 30 years of service.
        The contract and all provisions become
effective Sept. 1 and expire August 31, 2010.
        Board President Ron Winkler thanked the
bargaining units, administration and board for coming to an
agreement on a contract proposal and starting the year
off in a positive direction.
        Linda Josefczyk, SOEA president, expressed her
appreciation on behalf of teachers. “[We] appreciate
the willingness of the administration and board to
bargain in a way that was very fair and positive. I
think it helped to make the start of this year good
for everybody,” she said.

< Dignitaries Visit County Fair

Several dignitaries visited the Monroe County Fair
Aug. 23. On hand to discuss agricultural issues were
Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of
Agriculture, and Bruce Benedict, ODA’s marketing
division. From left are: Mark Forni, executive
director for farmland preservation; Herman Zerger,
chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Executive
Committee; Boggs, Dean Gramlich, president, Monroe
County CIC; and Benedict.                            
                  
      Photo by Martha Ackerman

     

 

Cong. Charlie Wilson and Rep. Jennifer Garrison
also visited the county fair on Aug. 23. Wilson was winding
up a two-day farm tour, talking to residents about the
Farm Bill which recently passed the House of
Representatives.  “It’s a pleasure to support our
kids.” said Garrison


by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        Robert Boggs, director of Agriculture for the
State of Ohio, and Bruce Benedict, of the marketing
division, visited Monroe County Fair Aug. 23. Also
visiting were Congressman Charlie Wilson and
Representative Jennifer Garrison.
        According to Boggs, Gover-nor Ted Strickland
told him that the answers to agriculture’s problems are not in
Columbus. The Governor directed him to visit the
fairs, farms and villages to learn what issues are
important to the people.                       
“This is the 24th fair I’ve visited and it has been a tremendous
experience and education,” said Boggs.
        Some of the issues raised by constituents
include the confidence in food safety, which is at its lowest,
noted the director, indicating problems with imports.
“The department wants to work with local producers to
market their foods, which we know are healthier and
safer than those from overseas,” said Boggs “We would
like to see food incubators so the small producers can
market their foods. An example would be the tomato
producer who makes salsa. We’re working in conjunction
with OSU Extension to help these producers.”
        Wilson was winding up a two-day farm tour,
talking with residents about the Farm Bill which recently
passed the House of Representatives and has gone on to
the Senate.
        “We’re hoping for final passage sometime
soon,” said Wilson. “Director Boggs worked with us for the
necessary reform of the farm bill.”
        Local residents meeting with Wilson included
Dan Greenlee, Dennis Ward, Dave Landefeld and Barb
Ackerman. Also bringing concerns of local farmers was
Betsy Anderson, Farm Bureau organizational director.
        “It’s a pleasure to support our kids. I’m
pleased to be back in Monroe County,” said Garrison who purchased
two animals at the 4-H Small Animal Livestock Sale.

< OEPA Seeks Project Comments

        Two applications concerning Woodsfield’s
wastewater treatment plant will be the subject of an Ohio EPA
public information session and hearing on Sept. 13.
The plant is located at 670 Old Brick Rd., Woodsfield.
        One application is for Ohio EPA approval of a
long-term control plan, which is to reduce and/or
eliminate combined sewer overflows in the village.
Combined sewers carry storm water, snow melt and
sewage in the same pipe. During dry weather
conditions, this system may work fine. However, during
wet weather events these combined flows often exceed
the treatment capacity of the sewer system and sewage
can discharge untreated into a receiving body of
water. In this case the untreated water goes into an
unnamed tributary to Sunfish Creek and Standing Stone
Run.
        The other application is for a renewal of a
discharge permit for discharges from the treatment plant.
        The discharges, if approved, would not exceed
the chemical-specific water quality standards that protect
aquatic life and human health. However, they would
result in a change to the current water quality of
Sunfish Creek. Therefore, Ohio EPA is required to
consider the technical, social, economic and
environmental impacts of the project.
        The information session begins at 6:30 p.m.

< Charlie’s Annual Woodsfield Run for Kids Slated for
Oct. 6


        The 30th Annual Woodsfield Run for Kids is
scheduled for Oct. 6. The race will begin at the city building
in Woodsfield and travel through the village streets.
The prior 29 events have raised almost  $500,000 for
10 different Children’s Hospitals throughout the
country. All local contributions will be sent to the
Columbus Children’s Hospital unless someone specifies
another hospital. All contributions will be used to
defray the cost of the free and reduced care that
Children’s Hospital provides for our needy children.
        Long time residents of Woodsfield will
remember that Dave McWilliams and Charlie Kozlesky attempted
to run Woodsfield to Pittsburgh for the first Charity Run.
Both Charlie and Dave had physical problems during
this run and finished short of their goal. Future
successful runs included running to Pittsburgh the
second year, Pittsburgh to Columbus the third year, a
24 hour run around the St. Clairsville Mall followed
by over a decade of 24 hour runs hosted at the Monroe
County Airport and the remainder being held on the
streets of Woodsfield.
        Charlie is again proud to announce that local
resident Lori Michener will defend her title this
year. Ruta Mazelis from northern Ohio will be making
her 15th trip to Woodsfield and will be challenging
Lori for the title. Charlie will also have a close
friend but a dedicated energizer bunny, Dick Sanders
in the field. Dick has been making the trip from
Buffalo for over 25 years. He is part of the local
family. Charlie Eidel will also join the team this
year. Eidel has run over 550 miles in a six day race.
Mitch Toto, another long time favorite from
Morristown, will be returning to raise money for
children.
        Charlie will begin contacting prospective
pledges on Sept. 7 and will continue calling individuals on
weekends in hopes of raising over $20,000 for the
Columbus Children’s Hospital. Please help Charlie by
sending your donation to Charlie at 254 Brownstone
Court, Westerville, OH 43081.
        Runners are very appreciative of the support
of the Woodsfield Community especially race coordinator,
Pandora Neuhart. Please contact Pandora if you are
willing to volunteer time, food or anything else that
will continue to make this run one of the best races
in North America.

< County Departments Feel Crunch

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

        Monroe County’s money squeeze is growing
tighter and tighter as the year moves toward the fourth quarter..
        County commissioners, at their August 28
meeting, met with Denise Potts, director, Monroe County Public
Transit, and representatives of the  Emergency Medical
Association. Both departments are feeling a financial
crunch.
        Potts was forced to cut her budget by 30
percent, while the EMA felt the pinch in compensation premiums.
        Dave Kuhn, EMS coordinator, Larry Paine,
president of the EMS Association, and Connie Ward, EMS billing
clerk, talked to commissioners about the 2007 workers’
compensation premium and the EMS contract agreement
with the county.       
        The contract expires Dec. 31.
        Kuhn asked commissioners to look over the
document with regard to possible changes.
        The premium for EMS workers’ compensation
surfaced  - the amount for that bill is $62,000.
        They discussed where the money collected by
EMS goes and it was noted that, per contract, the first 50
cents of each patient mile charge is transferred to
the county’s general fund to pay for Workers’
Compensation coverage for EMS personnel.
        However, that amount is not enough to cover
the $62,000 premium for 2006, which is paid in 2007.
        The 2007 premium will be due in 2008.
        Commissioner John Pyles made note that next
year, when it’s time to pay the 2007 premium, it will
probably be about the same amount, perhaps larger.
        Kuhn commented that WC only paid out $3,600 in
claims for the EMS, and yet the premium is $62,000.
        At one point in the conversation, Paine said,
with regard to money, “We have a problem ...”
        “A big problem,” answered Pyles.
        “No matter what, boys, we don’t have it,” said
Pyles with regard to the premium cost.
        Pyles requested information including the
names of volunteers on each of the county’s six E-squad
rosters, the number of runs each volunteer made over a
certain time period, and the amount paid to each
volunteer.
        Levy monies were mentioned and Kuhn said by
the end of September, EMS levy money will be gone. The tax
levy, according to Kuhn, generates $95,000 a year. Of
that amount, he said, there is a $12,000 fee which
goes to the auditor’s office for administration.
        In another matter concerning the EMS, Kuhn
said the EMS Association is recommending the job of Billing
Clerk be bid out.
        Connie Ward is currently serving in that
position and plans to retire effective Dec. 31. It was noted that
her pay constitutes no cost to the county. Ward is
paid the first $20 of each bill collected. If she is
unable to collect from an individual, she receives no
money.
        Commissioners took no action to advertising
for a Billing Clerk.
        Public transportation director Denise Potts
updated commissioners on cuts made to her program to
compensate for a 30 percent cut in revenue.
        Although  Potts is one driver short, she will
not fill that position. Instead, she and another office
worker will cover the routes.
        In the salaries line item, Potts cut $24,440.
Other areas cut were fringe benefits, $3,986; professional
services, $2,000; maintenance, $988; office supplies,
$858; and insurance, $400. In all, she cut a total of
$40,216.45 and must reduce the budget another $1,736.
        Discussion included a request for an
investigation into why the GMN program is taking the donation box
money. GMN is contracted to administer the senior
program.
        According to Potts, MCPT makes 54,000
transports a year. More than half of the riders are elderly and/or
disabled

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

< Mae Morrison, 91, 40574 Crum Rdg. Rd.,
Caldwell, died Aug. 29, 2007, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was
born March 19, 1916, at Harriettsville, a daughter of
the late James “Eff” Efford and Isabell Ayers Walker.
        She was a homemaker and a member of the Crum
Ridge Church of Christ, near Caldwell, for nearly 70 years.
She loved feeding the birds, gardening and quilting.
Mae was a very unselfish person given to hospitality.
        Surviving are a daughter, Sally (Karl) Guiler
of Canal Winchester; two sons, Dana (Peggy) Morrison of
Caldwell, Ben (Rita) Morrison of Alliance; two
sisters, Mabel (Don) Bennett of Harriettsville, Esther
(George) Brozovic of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers,
James (Maxine) Walker of Marietta, Ronald (Mary)
Walker of Zanesville; 13 grandchildren, Brent Smith,
David Smith, Colin Morrison, Beth Ruegg, Penny
Franklin, Junior Parks, Cindi Starr, Jeff Guiler,
Tammy Grandy, Joe Guiler, Josh Guiler, Nathan
Morrison, Sarah Morrison; two sons-in-law, Franklin
Smith, Jim Parks; 17 great-grandchildren and three
step-great-grandchildren.
        In addition to her parents, she was preceded
in death by her husband of 45 years, Howard Morrison, on Jan.
3, 1982; two daughters, Lucille Smith, Jo Ann Parks;
and a brother, Earl Walker.
        Friends were received Aug. 31 at Watters
Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Friends were then received until
time of services Sept. 1 at Crum Ridge Church of
Christ, near Caldwell, with Frank Love officiating.
Burial followed in Crum Ridge Cemetery, near Caldwell.
        Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfunralhome.com.
< Earl F. Hubbard, 60, Ironton St., New
Martinsville, died Aug. 28, 2007, at home. He was born Nov. 14,
1946, in Sardis, the son of the late Earl James and
Blanche Stewart Hubbard.
        He was a retired glassmaker of Corning Glass
in Paden City.
        Surviving are two sons, Thomas Hubbard of
Powhatan Point, James Hubbard of New Martinsville; a daughter,
Amanda Hubbard of New Matamoras; two sisters, Freda
Hubbard of Sardis, Betty Hubbard Shaffer of
Zanesville; nine grandchildren, Shyanne Grace Hubbard,
Cherakee Rose Hubbard, Dylan Thomas Hubbard, Savanna
Rain Hubbard, Rylee Brianne Driggs, Hunter Lee Driggs,
Kaycee Dawn Berentz, Melinda Nicole Hubbard and Joseph
Miles Hubbard.
        In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by two sisters, Shirley M. Longwell, Nancy Longwell; a
brother, W. Thomas Hubbard; and a grandson, Thomas
Earl Stanley Hubbard.
        Friends were received Aug. 30 at Grisell
Funeral Home, Sardis, where funeral services were held Aug.
31, with Rev. Frank Conley officiating. Burial in
Mount Olive Cemetery, Sardis. Sympany expressions at
www.grisellfuneralhomes.com.

< Carrie Opal Lengacher Murphy, 96, passed away
to her heavenly home on Aug. 28, 2007. She was born March 23,
1911, in Sardis, a daughter of the late Albert and
Clara Schneider Lengacher.
        She was a faithful member of Christ United
Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 25 years;
was a member of the Good Samaritan Sunday School Class
and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member
of the Meese Road Neighborhood Club.
        Surviving are two sons, Daryl (Sharon) and
William (Deborah) Murphy; daughter, Karen Caldwell (Eldon)
Sheffer; eight grandchildren, Carla Showalter, Deborah
(Sam) Leopold, Daniel Murphy, Jane (Chris) Tysinger,
Dania (Aaron) Snyder, Collin (Jamie) Murphy, Mark
(Cristie) Caldwell, Kerry Anne Caldwell; 15
great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren;
a brother, Homer Lengacher; and many dear nieces and
nephews.
        In addition to her parents, she was preceded
in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Lester H. Murphy;
granddaughter, Kellie Jane; four sisters, Pearl,
Kathryn, Sylvia, Sophie; two brothers, Ray and Ted;
and son-in-law, Larry Caldwell.
        Friends were received prior to services on
Sept. 4 at Christ United Methodist Church, Louisville, Ohio.
Pastor Larry Hinkle officiated. Burial was in Union
Cemetery.
        Memorial contributions may be made to Christ
United Methodist Church in Carrie’s memory, 600 E. Gorgas
St., Louisville, OH. 44641 Arrangements by Stier-Israel Funeral Home.

< Oliver “Perry” Nabors, 83, Fairmont, formerly
of Morgantown and Woodsfield, died Aug. 31, 2007, at
Fairmont General Hospital. He was born April 2, 1924,
in Morgantown, W.Va., a son of the late Harry Milton
and Mathilda Grumbach Nabors.
        He was a member of the Moffett-Fletcher United
Methodist Church of Woodsfield, and while living in
Morgantown he attended Drummond Chapel United
Methodist Church.
        He worked on the Fort Martin Power Plant when
it was being built. Then he worked for the Olin-Matthison
plant until it closed down. He then moved from
Morgantown in 1958 to Woodsfield and was employed with
the Ormet Corporation where he was a pipefitter with
26 years of service until his retirement in 1983. He
was a member of the Ormet Local 5724 in Hannibal, the
Pipefitters Union Local 152 in Morgantown and the
Moose Lodge in Morgantown.
        Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Betty Ann
Propsi Nabors; a daughter, Linda Ann Davis of Ohio; two sons,
Donald Harry (Elizabeth) Nabors of New York, Daniel
Perry Nabors of Barnesville; a sister, Virginia
Starkey of Morgantown; two brothers, Paul Nabors of
Bell Center, Bill Nabors of Port Orchid, Wash; four
grandchildren, the loving caretakers, Rachel and Bud
Donell, also Thomas Davis, Nikki Kovalcheck, Miranda
Nabors; two great-grandchildren, Trent Donell and
Chloe Kovalcheck and several nieces and nephews.
        In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by two brothers, Jim Edward Nabors and Milton Nabors;
two sisters, Esther Nabors Gabbert and Ruth Nabors
Engle.
        Friends were received Sept. 3 at Hastings
Funeral Home, Morgantown and until time of services on Sept.
4, with Rev. Joe Weaver officiating. Burial follows at
Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens.

< Dorcas L. Kelley, 90, Monroe County Care
Center, Woodsfield, died Aug. 31, 2007, at the center.
Friends were received Sept. 2 at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Sept. 3,
with Pastor Rodney West officiating. Burial followed
in Northern Cemetery, near Barnesville.
        Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com

< Jack J. Hamilton, 75, of Hudson, died Aug. 30,
2007. He served his country in the U.S. Navy.
        Surviving are his beloved wife, Marsha Rakosky
Hudson; three sons, Jack Hamilton, John (liz)
Hamilton, Daniel Sajewski; a daughter, Christine
(James) Hutcherson; eight grandchildren, Jessica,
Melissa, Joshua, Jack, John, Elizabeth, Kathy, Hannah;
a great-granddaughter, Emma Grace; four brothers, Don
Hamilton, Herb (Dorothy) Ham-ilton, Demp (Linda)
Hamilton, Paul (Dorothy) Hamilton, two sisters,
Florence Swallie, Edith Hoge.
        He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy
Hamilton. Friends were received Sept. 2 at
Johnson-Romito, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, Northfield Center, and
services were held Sept. 4 at Hope Community Church,
Hudson. Burial was in Northlawn Cemetery.
        Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice
of the visiting Nurse Service, 3358 Ridge-wood Road, Akron,
OH 44333 or Hope Community Church, 3033 Middleton Rd.,
Hudson, OH 44236.

< Betty L. Hines, 87, Cincinnati, formerly of
Woodsfield, died Aug. 31, 2007, at Hospice of
Cincinnati. She was born June 12, 1920, near Stafford,
a daughter of the late James Brade and Ora Ellen
Denbow Hawkins.
        She was the former co-owner of the Hines Oil &
Gas Company and the former Pioneer Motel in Woodsfield.
She was a member of the Nazarene Church, Woodsfield; a
member of the Lydia Temple 195, Pythias Sisters,
Woodsfield, and former past president of the former
Woodsfield High School Band Boosters.
        Surviving are two daughter, Carol (David)
Brown of Cincinnati, Yvonne (Ernest) Francis of Long Island,
NY; a son, Robert Hines of Woodsfield; seven
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
        In addition to her parents, she was preceded
in death by her husband, Leonard T. Hines, on Feb. 8, 1975; a
son, Stewart G. Hines; a brother, William E. Hawkins;
and two sisters, Wilda Julian and Ruth Hartshorn.
        Friends were received Sept. 1 at Watters
Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Sept. 2, with
Pastor William Graham officiating. Burial followed in
Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.
        Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

        There are ‘friends’ who destroy each other,
but real friends stick closer than a brother.
        It is better to be poor and honest than to be
a fool and dishonest.
        What a difference a year can make. I’m talking
about the Monroe Central marching band. Last year there were
several drummers and a few horn blowers (very few).
The numbers did grow a bit during the year. This year
the band shows up with around 40 members. I’m not sure
how the increase in numbers came about, but for those
of us who enjoy halftime shows, it’s great.
        To give you an idea of the kind of band
members they have, the band stood waiting in the hot sun,
temperatures hovering in the 90’s, for the fair parade
to form behind them. They played the National Anthem
and another song in front of the grandstand and were
off to the fair.
        Friday evening they were at the football game
for the pre-game and halftime shows. They may not have the
marching down pat, but that will come with practice.
The music sounded great. I wonder, do they even have a
band room they can call their own?
        I recall when I was in high school, we didn’t
have a band room and really not much of a band. Without
football I guess the need for a band was not that
great. In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing a high
school football game until I started teaching and then
it was six-man football. I got to keep the game clock
standing several yards behind the offensive line.
        I also remember playing basketball at a school
called Community where we had to dress in a classroom, with
the shades pulled down, and run outside into the gym
to play the games. The gym was less than half, or
more, than the size of the livestock barns at the
fairgrounds. We’ve come a long way baby, in the last
65 years or so - or have we?
        Tin-can-skinny was our game. If you’ve
forgotten where the name came from, we didn’t have such a thing
as shin guards back then.
        Speaking of cans, do you remember stomping on
cans and wearing them while walking around? You almost had
to wear shoes to do this trick. Stilts were a lot  of
fun, too.
        Before I leave the band thing, I’ve mentioned
this before. Why do drummers have to walk, or march, if you
want to call it that, sideways during the show? Kind
of makes me think someone’s cows got loose and found
their way onto the football field. In my humble
opinion, if God had intended us to walk sideways when
we march with a drum, he would have put eyes on the
side of our heads. Come to think of it though, I
remember a couple of teachers I thought had eyes in
the back of their heads. However, I never was able to
see them.
        This year I planted a couple of lemon
tomatoes. I had never heard of this kind and there were only four
plants in the whatever you call the plastic thing. So
I only planted two of them in my 4x8 area because Phil
and I had planted marigolds in the half of it. They
were a bit slow, but took off and have taken over
about half of the marigolds. There were a lot of green
tomatoes. In fact, David and Esther had a big mess of
fried green tomatoes, yuck. I guess we were anxious to
get a ripe lemon tomato and thought they’d never get
ripe. Well, they started, and now we have plenty. They
really are good tasting. Esther keeps calling them
yellow tomatoes and I keep reminding her they are
lemon tomatoes.
        One other question regarding tomatoes. We
always set out a couple of the small salad tomatoes and they like
to take over everything nearby. In fact, we probably
wouldn’t need to buy plants because they like to come
up on their own after you raise them once. My question
is, are they habit forming?
        We’ve given quite a few away but have a large
plate of them in the kitchen. Some ripe, some still a bit
green - getting ripe. Just about every time I walk by,
I have to eat one or two. Even when I get up at night
and walk by them, I have to pop a tomato or two. The
other evening, I wasn’t allowed to eat anything after
midnight because of a blood test the next morning. I
got up during the night and ate a couple of the small
ones before I thought. I guess it didn’t hurt anything
as the blood test turned out okay.
        School is underway and in spite of hearing how
they hated to  have it start, most are really happy to be
back. I  never heard many complain - except maybe
about the hot weather.
        We have a great-granddaughter starting in
kindergarten this year. Needless to say, she is really
excited. The first day a parent rides the bus with her
to allow both to learn the ropes. There are 247
students in her kindergarten class with 14 teachers.
Okay - they aren’t all in the same room. Her teacher
called and talked to her before school started.
        I mentioned the other week how much students
had to take to school the first day. I learned it cost in the
neighborhood of seventy bucks to buy the things she
needed. That doesn't count the new clothes that are
required now days. We had a Golden Rule tablet and a
penny pencil and maybe overalls without patches.
Kleenex was unheard of but we might have a large
bandanna handkerchief. If not, we always had a shirt
sleeve or just blow it out in the air holding one side
of the nose. Kids just don’t have fun anymore.
        It’s sort of depressing to think that most of
us are like the rest of the people.
        Some people are like French bread - little
dough, lots of crust.
        Treat the school year right - go to church
Sunday.
        Bible Readings: (Mon.) Isaiah 70:25-31; from
Genesis (Tue.) 1:26-27; (Wed.) 1:28-31 (Thurs.) 2:1-3; from
Psalms (Fri.) 19:1-6; (Sat.) 103:1-14; (Sun.)
103:15-22.

< Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Voters, are you aware the Switzerland of Ohio School
District could be dissolved by the middle of
September, 2007?
Four school board members (Theresa Gallagher,
Jeff Williamson, Scott Dierkes and Ed Carlton) voted to
dissolve this district into three separate areas.
These four individuals were elected on this platform
and have worked tirelessly since 2004 to make sure
this district dissolves. In fact, they have been to
Columbus to present their cases. The Ohio State board
of Education will review their request September 10
and 11 or at the latest in October. The proposal
requests three districts each with a superintendent,
treasurer and board members. The loan board member
standing by Switzerland of Ohio School District is
president, Ron Winkler.
        On Aug. 20, at Beallsville High School, a
meeting was held regarding the validity of deconsolidation.
Attending were Chris Pack, Jim Miller, Wayne Clark and
three individuals contracted by the State Board of
Education who presented numerable questions. As I
listened to this discussion, these thoughts evolved
for me:
        • All board members take an oath of office to
do the best for every child in the Switzerland of Ohio School
District. According to the Ohio Ethics Commission to
do otherwise is illegal. Is it worrisome to you that a
child might not get the best education possible
because he lives in the wrong place? When a board
member takes the oath, his/her decisions must be based
on the good for all - not just the area he represents.
        • Jeff Williamson said “this (district) is an
experiment that didn’t work.” An experiment that
didn’t work - I don’t think so. This district is real,
not a dream or a wish, rather a living, breathing
district with problems that have to be toughed out -
over and over. A coach or teacher does not get the
luxury of saying, I want only the best kids or I can’t
succeed. Instead, each and everyday teachers enter the
classroom to make the playing field the most equal
circumstance it can be for everyone. Next they
encourage those students to use their talents to
become academic winners. The recipe for success for
the board is to research topics, discuss options
openly, then decide to make the best out of every
circumstance with quality education for every child as
the bottom line.
        Every child must expect equal footing and
opportunity. The school board’s job is to make sure
that footing is stable and equal. How dare any child
become more important than another just because he
lives in one area or another.
        • The State Board of Education has not heard
opposition to deconsolidation. Board members are
requesting the administration to spend countless hours
to answer the questions of these dissenters. I don’t
expect my tax dollars to be used in this manner. I
shudder to think this might be the reason there was no
money for new textbooks this year. Is something wrong
with this picture?
        The superintendent is supposed to weigh the
facts and present a position. I know Mr. Elliott is a new
employee of the board, but I would like to strongly
recommend that both he and Mr. Ron Winkler get phone
calls and letters from you now that support this
Switzerland of Ohio School District. They need to be
able to tell the Ohio State Board of Education in
September that most of the people in Monroe County do
not support the deconsolidation of the Switzerland of
Ohio School District.
        This fall we elect three board positions.
Please choose with care. Ask candidates a specific question -
what will you do for every child in this district to
make sure he gets a quality education?
        What a shame this wonderful county with all
its wonderful people cannot play together nicely to do
something for the future of our county. Do any of us
have the right to deny any child the opportunity for a
better life? We hope they will stay in the county but
if they choose to go elsewhere for a better job,
shouldn’t they know without a doubt we have given them
the best tools to do the job and live a wonderful
life? The Switzerland of Ohio School District has done
this in the past and will continue to do so if we heed
our civic responsibility and elect board members who
represent a whole district devoted to every child in
this district.
        Time is running out. Please call  Larry
Elliott at the school office and Ron Winkler today to tell them
to fight to keep the Switzerland of Ohio School
District.
A very concerned citizen,
Suzanne Pollock
Jerusalem