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Partnership Brings Local Food To Area Schools

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A new grant will provide the means for a pilot program at Hocking College, benefiting both culinary students and local grade school students. The college's culinary arts program has partnered with Rural Action to provide two Athens County school districts with local produce. Tom Redfern, sustainable agriculture coordinator for Rural Action, said that the agency… Read More

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March Madness: Book Tournament at Athens County Public Libraries

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There was “shock in the staff room” on Friday when J.R.R. Tolkien made it into the third bracket, and J.K. Rowling didn’t. The Hobbit beat out Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at the conclusion of the second week of Athens County Public Libraries’ March Madness Tournament, said James Hill. Hill, assistant director of the Nelsonville Library,… Read More

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Area Schools Apply For Security Grants

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Several Athens County school districts have applied for security-based grants through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. Tom Gibbs, assistant superintendent of the Athens City School District, said the district applied for and has already received $35,000 in funding from OFCC, for door access control systems. Funding for the project came initially from the district’s permanent… Read More

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Stakeholders, Board Members Discuss Disability Board’s Finances

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It was standing room only Thursday evening as stakeholders and board members gathered at Beacon School to listen to and discuss concerns about Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ financial situation. ACBDD Supt. Eric Young laid out a history and overview of services offered by the public agency, and talked about increases in expenses accompanied… Read More

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Local School Districts To Finalize Make Up Days After State Grants Extra Calamity Days

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Athens County school districts will likely very soon make their final decisions regarding make-up days, after a harsh winter has forced closures in the double-digits. Sub-zero temperatures, snow, and hazardous road conditions meant that area school districts have all exhausted their five allowable calamity days.  Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a calamity day… Read More

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Hocking College Board And Bargaining Unit Reach Agreement

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After several months of discussion, Hocking College's board of trustees has approved a new contract with the Professional Bargaining Unit (PBU) of the Hocking College Educational Association. According to a release from the college, the new contract implements the following salary changes for the 2014 fiscal year: a change in the salary scale for bargaining… Read More

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Calamity Day Bill Set To Joint Conference Committee

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It may be two more weeks before Athens school districts have a definitive answer to the question of calamity day make-ups, according to the Associated Press. The Ohio Senate passed its own version on Wednesday, one week after the House passed its HB 416. The Senate bill also allowed schools four extra days, but added… Read More

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Math Coaching Program At Federal Hocking Empowers Students, Improves Test Scores

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Students who feel empowered and truly involved in their education are more confident, and that means they're ultimately better learners, says Jen Thompson. Thompson is a coach at Amesville Elementary — not the athletic variety, though. She's in the classroom helping to organize math lessons as part of the Mathematics Coaching Program. Federal Hocking Local… Read More

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Athens ‘Good Works’ Director Comments On Refusing State Grant Money

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When people come to the Timothy House, they are in crisis, says Keith Wasserman. They shouldn't be forced in that moment to provide personal information to be uploaded on the Homeless Management Information System database. Wasserman, founder and executive director of Good Works, Inc., said that's what the Ohio Development Services now expects, and that's… Read More

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Green Teachers Give Students Knowledge And Model Stewardship

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Several of Athens County’s rural school are ideally situated for outdoor learning opportunities, and many teachers have taken full advantage of those opportunities. Learning opportunities don’t have to just extend to the basic facts, explained Joe Brehm, environmental education coordinator at Rural Action. They give students the “tools to become stewards of their environment.” The… Read More

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Parents And Teachers Collaborate On Healthy Eating For Kids

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It’s early days for a group of parents and administrators of Athens City Schools who are trying to find a way to provide better meals at schools, while educating students and families about broader issues of nutrition. Jessica Reed, a Morrison Elementary parent, started the Facebook page ACS Nutrition after a discussion began about school… Read More