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County Schools Still Assessing Budget Impact

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Gov. John Kasich’s two-year budget plan has been finalized, spending $955 million more in state aid for K-12 schools than the previous two-year budget, but the impact Athens County would experience is still unclear. The Messenger previously reported three out of Athens County’s five school districts (Athens, Alexander and Federal Hocking) would lose funding after… Read More

Developmental Disabilities Board Superintendent Placed On Leave

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The superintendent of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday morning according to an email sent to staff members. Eric Young was placed on leave as of 9:30 a.m., Thursday. According to emails obtained by the Messenger through a public record request, Board President John Day, along with… Read More

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Trimble Schools Budget Uncertain Until State Budget Money Comes In

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Although Trimble Local School’s five-year forecast of operating funds, released by Treasurer Jared Bunting, shows the district losing money over the next five fiscal years, it remains offset by a positive cash balance. “It’s not bad at all,” Bunting said, but those figures do not take the proposed state budget into account, he added. Gov…. Read More

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Alexander Schools Looks Forward To New Athletic Complex

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The Alexander Local School District, in a joint venture with Holzer Health System, has designed an all-encompassing Alexander Community Wellness Center meant to benefit students and community members. The 22,000 square-foot facility will include a weight room, two regulation basketball courts, an indoor track, a physician’s room and an all-purpose room. Construction is expected to… Read More