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Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:25 PM
Valley View schools and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center are not going back on the Aug. 8 ballot to seek approval of bond levies that were rejected in May.
For Valley View, that marks the end of their shot at this state funding cycle — although it doesn’t close the door for state facilities funding in the future.
Miami Valley CTC is on a different timeline, according to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, and its state funding would be available at the same percentage in the November or May 2018 election.
The district had hoped to replace two 1920s school buildings, a 1950 elementary and the 1968 high school with three buildings on existing sites, via a 5.39-mill bond, with the state paying 53 percent of demolition/construction costs.
The state rated all but the high school with their lowest rating of “poor,” while the high school was called “borderline.”
RELATED: Valley View community split on levy
Superintendent Rick Earley said Valley View has to do something to upgrade its facilities, but he said everything is still on the table for now.
“Anytime it’s defeated twice, I think you have to say, let’s go back to the very beginning and see what’s the best way to go,” Earley said.
Miami Valley CTC
Voters rejected MVCTC’s first attempt to pass a state-match bond issue May 2 by a 52-48 ratio.
The bond would have helped pay for about $62.5 million worth of additional classroom space, upgraded technology and improved safety at the 50-year-old campus in Clayton. The state would have paid 47 percent.
RELATED: MVCTC considers next steps
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
— A Freeze Warning will go into effect at 2 a.m. Friday for Montgomery, Greene, Warren, Preble and Butler Counties.
Today: Road temperatures are warm, so the rain/snow mix is not expected to cause widespread slick spots. Snow may try to stick to elevated surfaces briefly. Highs will return to the upper 40s with clouds breaking for sun in the afternoon. It will be breezy and still cool. It will be mostly clear tonight. Temperatures will drop below freezing, so any outdoor vegetation will need protection.
Friday: Temperatures will be below freezing, making for a chilly morning. There will be plenty of sunshine through the afternoon and temperatures will finally get closer to normal, reaching the upper 50s.
Saturday: Skies will be sunny with highs around 60, making for a beautiful start to the weekend.
Sunday: It will be another nice day with highs in the low 60s, which is back to normal. We’ll see sunshine through the afternoon.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:02 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:02 AM
— Two Republicans are facing off in a primary May 8 to take on Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Russ Joseph, a Democrat.
Mike Foley, who is currently the county chair of the Mike DeWine for governor campaign, is running against Ryan Colvin, who has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Republican Party.
We asked them some questions about what they would do if elected. You can see more of their answers in our voters guide at vote.daytondailynews.com. Here’s a look at some of their answers:
Q: What are the key issues facing county clerks now and in the future?
Ryan Colvin: The key issue facing the county clerk now and in the future is trying to provide the same level of critical services with reduced revenue more specifically from the loss of the Medicaid managed care sales tax from the state.
Reduction of revenue from the state government is an issue that I am currently facing as a Miamisburg City councilmember after having endured cuts to our local government fund, loss of the Estate Tax and a potential overhaul to local income tax collection.
We have overcame this loss of revenue by consolidating services bringing further efficiency to our operations and holding the line on any unnecessary spending.
Mike Foley: To me, the key issues for the Clerk’s office now and in the future are: keeping up with technology and consistently striving to exceed customer’s expectations.
Technology is constantly evolving, and it seems as if the need for instant gratification is only getting worse. These are concepts that we need to embrace in the public sector, just like we do in the private sector.
Giving excellent customer service and obtaining customer feedback are both paramount to the success and growth of any operation. I personally pledge to the residents of Montgomery County that I will bring my experience and ideals as a small business owner to the Clerk’s office, as well as, creating an atmosphere that fosters a positive customer experience.
Q: How has technology changed the clerk’s document system and how should it?
Ryan Colvin: Electronic filing has been a welcome and effective innovation that has brought efficiency, accountability and transparency to the operation while also helping to ensure to access to justice. I believe it’s imperative that we also get the Domestic Relations Courts on electronic filing as soon as possible.
Mike Foley: Technology in the Clerk’s Office has improved the document system in many ways, but none more notably than: convenience, efficiency, and the reduction of human error. Technology is a necessity for the future, but proper leadership and maintenance needs to be on the forefront of this evolution for optimal success and effectiveness. Time Is Money…technology offers countless opportunities to maximize efficiency, thus saving taxpayers money.
Q: How is the clerk’s office running now and what could be improved?
Ryan Colvin: I think the Clerk’s office is running okay as of right now, but I’m confident that there can be further improvements made. I have worked with many members of the staff currently employed there in my 13 years as a bailiff and have always found them to be pleasant, diligent and professional.
Mike Foley: The Clerk’s office has certainly made strides over the years, but there’s still much room for improvement. Customer service and efficiency should be the focal point of the office. Cross-training employees has proved to be invaluable in every business that I’ve been a part of, so
I’d like to see it more prevalent in the Clerk’s office as well. I would also like to personally see nepotism and party patronage as a thing of the past - instead, fill positions with qualified candidates that have a positive attitude, a great work ethic, and a willingness to serve the public with a smile:)
Q: What makes you the best candidate for this position?
Ryan Colvin: I currently serve as the administrative bailiff for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court and have worked in court operations for nearly 13 years.
Everything that I do in my full-time job has a partnering function with the Clerk of Courts office and I have effectively managed civil and criminal docket caseloads in my time at the courthouse. Also, I have served as a Miamisburg City councilmember for over the last decade, including serving as the vice mayor recently.
We have displayed leadership and accomplished many great things in my time on council and I want to export that success and the lessons I’ve learned in my experience as a public servant into being an effective Montgomery clerk of courts.
Mike Foley: The clerk of courts is an administrative position that requires strong leadership with a hands-on approach.
I feel that my experience in both small business and government operations dramatically sets me apart from all of the other candidates!
I’ve effectively overseen many people in a variety of industries over the past 25 years, and have worked in many facets- operations, accounting, finance, marketing/PR, and human resources. Providing excellent customer service has always been important to me, as most of my experience has come from the service industry. I am the only candidate that has not worked in government his entire adult life, in which I feel really gives me perspective and differentiates myself.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
The chancellor of Ohio’s Department of Higher Education said he thinks Wright State University will succeed in dealing with its financial problems.
Just a few weeks ago, Wright State president Cheryl Schrader asked university departments to slash 66 percent of their remaining budgets in a last-ditch attempt to save $10 million and keep WSU off state fiscal watch.
The $10-million budget cuts are the latest development in the university’s ongoing budget crisis. Last June, the WSU board of trustees slashed $30.8 million from the school’s budget in an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending.
Despite the school’s continued struggles, Ohio Higher Education chancellor John Carey said he is confident Wright State will succeed.
“I know this president and her administration have been very involved with this,” Carey said. “And I have faith in their leadership and we’ll continue to work with them to support them.”
Earlier this month, Wright State leaders asked staff from the state department of higher education to review the school’s financial issues. The department’s finance director David Cummins said that the university is “shooting at a moving target” and that WSU leaders are having to look at every detail in order to correct budget problems.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:59 AM
SOUTH LANARKSHIRE, Scotland — A castle in Scotland has lasted for 500 years but the property is apparently no match for an angry badger. Yes, you’ve read that right. An angry badger shut down tourist access to a tunnel at Craignethan Castle, the BBC reported.
Officials allowed the public access to the rest of the 5-century-old building but the tunnel was closed not only for people’s safety, but also for the badger’s, officials told the BBC.
The badger apparently did some damage to the masonry of the castle before it left the building either Friday night or Saturday morning on its own accord.
#badgerupdate While our furry friend left the building over the weekend, we can confirm the #CraignethanCastle cellar tunnel remains closed this week. Our work team on-site need to repair some of the stone masonry the badger damaged. The rest of the castle is open for visitors. pic.twitter.com/MgmJVObWnt— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 18, 2018
The animal left after castle staff members tried cat food and honey to coax it out, the Guardian reported.
Thank you to all our friends and followers for sending through their #badger tips. We now know badgers much prefer peanuts and even bananas, over cat food. If your castle tunnel is experiencing similar problems, remember the @ScottishSPCA can assist with animal welfare enquiries. pic.twitter.com/9iVqVI1LYV— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 18, 2018
Castle staff members who run the property’s Twitter account had a little online fun, posting a GIF image of dancing badgers when they announced the tunnel’s closing.
Beware the #AngryBadger!— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 13, 2018
If you're heading to #CraignethanCastle over the next few days you might find the Cellar Tunnel closed due to the presence of a very angry badger. We're trying to entice it out with cat food & send it home to #chilloot https://t.co/K4C2lA84xD pic.twitter.com/nTuC9VPOuo