Remembering November 2013

January 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of articles featuring the top local stories in The Sunbury News in 2013.

November 2013

Whittkop on Obama-Care: It’s till a mess

Chris Whittkop from HR Butler Insurance, the village’s health insurance brokerage firm, attended last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting to present a brief overview of changes ahead under the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. Obama Care, and how Federal Heath Care Exchanges will impact Village employee health insurance plans.

Whittkop was also at the October 2 Village Council session where he reported that because the Federal Health Care Exchange websites were both so busy and a bit dysfunctional it was impossible to get online.

“This month’s update is, it’s still a mass,” he said last Wednesday.

County Senior Equine Team gets Susan Barger Award

In 1902 A. B. Graham started “The Tomato Club” in Clark County, which is considered the birth of the 4-H program in the United States. By 1910 the distinctive 4-H clover pin had been developed; and by 1912 the agricultural clubs forming around the country were called 4-H Clubs.

Delaware County 4-H was developed in 1918. This past year there were 75 4-H Clubs in the county with 320 club advisors serving almost 1,200 club members.

Each year in November a banquet is held recognizing both Delaware County volunteers for their service and 4-H Club members for their individual achievements in specific project areas.

Of special note at this year’s 72nd Annual 4-H Volunteer and Member Recognition Banquet, held at All-Occasions Catering and Banquet Facility in Waldo, was the Sue Bargar Memorial Horse Achievement Award going to the Delaware County Senior Equine Team.

Susan Bargar was a 4-H member and advisor in Delaware County. At age 25, she died from a car accident. She loved 4-H and showing horses. In her memory, her parents established the Sue Bargar Memorial Horse Achievement Award.

2014-15 redistricting map tweaked:

Four elementary buildings at 75 percent capacity

During Monday evening’s Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting, district superintendent Steve Mazzi continued the conversation about Big Walnut becoming a four elementary building district by redistricting for the 2014-15 school year and reopening mothballed Harrison Street Elementary School.

Mazzi said the ideal building population would have a student population at just under 75 percent capacity to allow the school district room for anticipated growth in the years ahead. A handout distributed by Mazzi showed numbers that come close to that magic 75 percent after redistricting and reopening Harrison Street.

  • Big Walnut Elementary School has a building capacity of 405 students; the target capacity is 302. With the new boundaries BWE’s student population would be 327, or 80.7 percent of capacity.
  • General Rosecrans Elementary School has a 500-student capacity. The target capacity is 373. After redistricting the students population would be 387, or 77.4 percent of capacity.
  • Hylen Souders Elementary School has a 407-student capacity. Souders’ target capacity is 303, redistricting would give Souders a student population of 301, or 73.9 percent of its capacity.
  • The reopened Harrison Street Elementary School has a student capacity of 265. HSE’s target capacity is 197, redistricting would place 208 students at HSE, for 78.5 percent utilization. Mazzi also noted that the district is considering locating a special education unit at Harrison Street.

Compiled by Lenny C. Lepola