The Oberlin Review

March 15 Ballot to Renew Oberlin City School Budget

Adam Gittin, News Editor

March 11, 2016

Voters will find several levies up for renewal on the ballot as they take to the polls Tuesday. Among these levies are Issues 25 and 26, which would renew the Oberlin City School District’s operating levy and permanent improvement levy, respectively. Together they account for about 10 percent of the district’s budget. If passed, Issues 25 and 26 would re-up existing property taxes that pay for many of the schools’ critical functions. As renewal levies, they would not create any new taxes. “Issues 25 and 26 are just renewal levies to keep our roofs up to date, to keep programs that we have running, to keep our athletics going, to keep our phenomenal arts program going and keep staffing going,” said David...

Groups Collect Signatures for Legal Marijuana

Katherine Kingma

February 13, 2015

ResponsibleOhio, a large and well-funded group pushing for the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Ohio, listed the city of Lorain as one of 10 suggested growing locations around the state in ballot language released this past Monday. The group is one of many marijuana legalization organizations in Ohio. However, proposals regarding what weed legalization should look like vary, with many organizations raising questions about who should be able to grow, sell or use and for what reasons. Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis supports legalizing marijuana for all adults, and representative Tonya Davis emphasized the personal, rather than financial, benefit to legalization. “Right now, marijuana is...

OFD Requests Support of Charter Amendment 27

Dennis Kim, Oberlin Fire Department

October 31, 2014

To the Editors: On behalf of your Oberlin firefighters, we respectfully ask for your support for Charter Amendment 27, an amendment to Section XIX of the City of Oberlin Charter that will be presented on the Nov. 4 election ballot. This proposed change was submitted on behalf of the fire department, as it would authorize Oberlin City Council to consider the hiring of your part-time firefighters through the unclassified service rather than the current classified service used by Civil Service. Your part-time firefighters are the essential core of the city’s ability to provide fire and rescue service to the community. It is their professional service that assures that the department can accommodate our community’s...

School Board Asks for Vote on Issue 3

Barry Richard, President, Oberlin School Board

October 31, 2014

To the Editors: At its July 15, 2014 meeting, the Oberlin School Board voted to place a one mill continuing permanent improvement levy, Issue 3, on the Nov. 4 ballot. If approved, this millage amount will generate approximately $182,000 in additional yearly revenue for the district. The estimated cost on a $100,000 home is approximately $3 per month, or $36 per year. These monies can only be used for expenses that have a life of five years or more (e.g. roof, boiler, doors, textbooks, band and orchestra equipment, sidewalks, parking lots, furniture, etc.). The reasons for this request are as follows: (1) The cost of maintaining our buildings has exceeded the amount collected by our current PI funds for the last...

Ray Young Brings Strong Experience

John and Diane Adams

October 31, 2014

To the Editors: Ray Young would make an excellent State Board of Education member for our district. We have known Young and his family for 17 years. In that time, he has been a teacher, a principal and a college professor. Not only does he hold a master’s degree in education, but his experience is in all fields of the educational spectrum. Young’s two daughters are certified teachers; he has been a good example for his own children, as well as all of the students he has influenced throughout his career. Young and his wife Dolly have four grown children and ten grandchildren ranging between the ages of 1 and 10 years old. Young is a committed father, a husband of 38 years and grandfather who offers a wealth of...

Ray Young for State Board of Education

Julie Torrence

October 31, 2014

To the Editors: I am a special education teacher and a mother. In both of these roles, I have had many questions and concerns with the function of our education system. I have sat in countless staff meetings and listened time and time again to the new plans laid out by our political leaders. I have heard the grumblings of teachers and administrators asking: Why the changes? Things are fine the way they are. Do these politicians know anything about teaching? Have they even spent one day in the shoes of an educator? Do they remember how difficult it was to be a student and carry the weight of the world? While I don’t doubt that most politicians strive to make better systems for our schools to achieve a brighter tomorrow,...

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