AKRON

Nomination deadline near

for 2019 Business Awards

The Greater Akron Chamber is accepting nominations through Friday for its 2019 Business Awards, recognizing the accomplishments of companies, organizations and people working to elevate the region.

Go to www.gacawards.com to submit nominations.

Award categories will honor established companies/entrepreneurs that continue to innovate and grow; minority-owned and female-owned businesses gaining traction; companies charting growth beyond the startup phase; small or midsize businesses with a positive workplace culture; artistic contributions; inspiring origin stories and advocacy for fellow entrepreneurs' success.

Winners will be recognized June 6 at the Bounce Innovation Hub.

 

Steam plant discussion

at next Ward 8 meeting

Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

Akron Energy Systems President Marc Divis will discuss the city's steam plant revival. Northwest Akron Blockwatches officers will precede the meeting with an update on activity in the ward at 6 p.m.

 

CUYAHOGA FALLS SCHOOLS

Board could cut

20 staff positions

The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education may vote to eliminate more than 20 staff positions before the end of the school year.

The district’s administration and school board could decide to eliminate 22 staff members and three Individual Small Group Instructors, according to information presented at the school board’s April 3 meeting. This is fewer than the reduction of 26 staff and three ISGI recommended at the March 20 meeting.

Superintendent Todd Nichols said the school board directed the administration to use a student-teacher ratio of 25:1 rather than 30:1 for grades 7 and 8 to determine the number of district positions that could be eliminated.

The cuts could save the district an estimated $1.9 million, but “the actual amount will depend on the specific individuals involved,” Nichols said.

A final list of staff cuts will go before the board in May, Nichols said.

Last year, the district laid off 18 teachers because of anticipated budget shortfalls.

According to an updated five-year forecast sent to the Ohio Department of Education in January, the district will be $2.4 million in the red in fiscal year 2021.

During the March 20 meeting, Nichols presented a combination of staff cuts, plus a possible 10-mill levy that would raise both operational funds and money to support the district’s Master Facilities plan, which is also being discussed.

 

KENT

DeWine names Kent man

to college trustees board

Gov. Mike DeWine announced his first appointments Friday to the boards of trustees of Ohio State University and Miami University.

DeWine appointed William M. E. Kulis of Kent, a marketing and advertising student, to the Miami University board of trustees through February 2021. He appointed Mary Schell, senior vice president at Wendy's, to the Miami University board through February 2028.

The governor's two appointments to the Ohio State board will run through May 2028.

Jeff M.S. Kaplan of Galena, who has been serving as the OSU board secretary and senior adviser, will be a trustee for a nine-year term. He has served the university in a number of roles, including as senior vice president for development and senior vice president for administration and planning.

DeWine also reappointed Lewis Von Thaer, president and CEO of Battelle, to a nine-year term. Former Gov. John Kasich had appointed Von Thaer to fill the remaining term of former Ohio State trustee Jeffrey Wadsworth, who had resigned in August, citing disagreements with the board's decision to suspend then-head football coach Urban Meyer for three games.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Task force to conduct

sobriety checkpoints

The Summit County OVI Task Force has announced it will conduct sobriety checkpoints at locations across Summit County on Friday night and early Saturday morning.

 

AROUND THE STATE

Melon products recalled

after salmonella outbreak

An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in Ohio and 15 other states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. The fruit has been sold under various brands or labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods.

The affected states are Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Authorities say 93 people have been sickened, 23 of whom were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Health officials advise consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods, and, if so, not to eat it.