Wilberforce University held its 158th Founder’s Day Observance celebration Tuesday morning. The keynote speaker was Democrat Tracy Maxwell Heard, Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives. Heard's speech delivered an announcement regarding the university's immediate future.
As the crowd of over 200 people listened to the minority leader speak, they were surprised to hear that trustee Dr. Wilma Mishoe has been named interim president of Wilberforce. The announcement was supposed to be made at a later date.
An Ohio proposal would let high school seniors be excused from certain school days their district must make up because of weather-related closures.
Under the Senate bill, districts could let seniors skip the make-up days if they are slated to occur after their scheduled graduation ceremonies. The bill, which was introduced last week, would only apply to the current school year.
Many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, meaning they have to extend the school year with makeup days.
Most ballot issues and candidates have been confirmed for the May 6 primary election, and as usual, there are a lot of tax and levy questions coming up, although many are renewals, which means they won’t affect current tax rates.
Here’s the list of new or additional levy and tax issues WYSO will be covering running up to May 6, 2014, based on county board of elections' preliminary information:
Brookville Local School District (LSD) will be seeking a 5.25-mill additional levy for operating expenses.
The version of the Farm Bill passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday includes a long-sought land-grant designation for Central State University in southwest Ohio. The status would provide new opportunities for the school.
Land-grants allow colleges or universities to apply for special federal funding in a number of areas of study - in Central State’s case, agriculture.