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Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 10:49 AM
— Supporters of Wright State University’s swimming and diving program have hired a consultant to try to save the teams.
Last June, WSU announced that it would cut the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as part of more than $30.8 million budget cuts. But, the teams narrowly avoided budget cuts for one year after they raised $85,000 to keep them afloat for one final season.
Then the university announced in October that it would “not allocate further funding or accept additional external funding to operate the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams after this season.”
Philip Walotsky, a consultant working with a group of WSU swimming alumni and families of student athletes, said that a letter signed by several student athletes and their peers will be presented to president Cheryl Schrader at the board of trustees on Friday. A draft of the letter obtained by this news organization states that the teams have been unable to secure a meeting with Schrader to discuss the program and why its being cut.
By eliminating the teams, the school estimated it would save around $500,000 in scholarships, salaries, team budgets, travel and facility maintenance. Despite those claims, the letter states that supporters believe that cutting the programs would actually eliminate around $250,000 in revenue.
“It is concerning to all student-athletes that a successful, profitable athletic program can be canceled so easily and without thorough vetting and review,” the letter states. “We respectfully ask you to take the time to allow our fellow student-athletes to present to you their analysis. We thank you in advance for your attention to this issue.”
The group of supporters reached out to Schrader for a meeting but did not hear back until a story about their request was published online by this news organization on Wednesday. The timing of Schrader’s response was a coincidence, as it had been in the works since Feb. 1, spokesman Seth Bauguess said.
In the letter, Schrader told supporters of the teams that the program’s revenue did not outweigh its costs. Upon arriving at Wright State in July, Schrader tried to find a way for the teams to continue but because of the need to shave more money from the budget, she said she was unable to.
Wright State is trying to boost reserves by $6 million this year and in the letter Schrader said “further reductions of at least $7 million” will be needed next fiscal year, which starts on July 1.
“I know this is not what you wanted to hear, and this is certainly not what I would wish for this outstanding program and our dedicated student athletes,” Schrader wrote. “But this is the harsh reality where we find ourselves today.”
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:09 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:10 AM
MIAMISBURG — Crews are responding to a reported electrical fire at the Kettering Health Network building in Miamisburg.
The fire at the business on Prestige Plaza was reported before 5 a.m.
This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
TODAY: A mild and muggy morning, yet a quiet start to the day. Some sunshine and scattered clouds expected into the afternoon. Isolated storms develop late afternoon that may become strong with the main threat being strong to damaging winds. Activity tapers off into the night, but a few showers may linger. Highs reach around 80 degrees with it being a little breezy.
TUESDAY: A passing rain shower is possible in the morning. It’ll be warm and muggy again for the afternoon as highs peak in the 80s. Another passing shower or storm is possible towards late afternoon with heavy rain and gusty winds being the main threat. Expect it to dry out into the night.
WEDNESDAY: Not as muggy as other days, but still becoming very warm as highs reach in the low 80s. Expect sunshine and scattered clouds through the day.
THURSDAY: A great day with plenty of sunshine. It won’t be too muggy, yet it’ll be warm with highs in the low 80s again, which is warmer than normal.
FRIDAY: The dry stretch continues with warmer than normal temps in the middle 80s. Humidity will be low for the day with lots of sunshine.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:41 AM
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Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:32 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:58 AM
DAYTON — Five traffic enforcement red-light cameras will be activated starting today at two intersections.
Three cameras will be at James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street, and two others are at Linden Avenue and South Smithville Road. A 30-day warning period begins Monday at both locations, according to a release from the city.
During the warning period, the registered owner of a vehicle committing a violation will be sent a warning in the mail. After 30 days, citations will be issued by mail, according to the city.
Activation of these red-light cameras completes the Dayton Police Department’s plan for traffic enforcement cameras.
Following is a list of fixed-site camera locations, along with the current locations of mobile speed trailers:
The Dayton Police Department also uses six handheld speed enforcement camera units.
There have been 84 fewer injury crashes (432) to date in 2018 compared to 516 injury crashes during the same period in 2017, the city reported.