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Kenton Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop

The Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a traffic stop Monday at Save-a-lot in Kenton as result of an ongoing narcotics investigation.
 
According to a release, one adult male was arrested on a Lima Police Department warrant. He is identified as 43 year old Matthew Beltz, of Kenton.
 
Heroin and a vehicle were seized with charges expected to be filed at a later date.
 
The Crime Task Force was assisted by the Sheriff's Office canine unit and Osborn's Towing. 

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Kenton Superintendent and Treasurer Get Five Year Contracts

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education held a special meeting Monday night to discuss the contracts for the district treasurer and superintendent. The board entered executive session immediately after calling the meeting to order and reconvened after 22 minutes.
 
The board voted to approve a new five-year contract for Tracy Hiller, district treasurer, and increase her pay. For the 2016 school year, Hiller's compensation will increase from $73,000 to $75,000, which will remain for the 2016 and 2017 school years. Her new contract begins August 1, 2017, and expires July 31, 2022. During the remaining four years of her contract, Hiller will receive a 2% raise each year. She will also move to an HSA (Health Savings Account) medical plan, which aligns with the current district standards.
 
The board also voted to approve a new five-year contract for Jennifer Penczarski, district superintendent, and increase her pay as well. For the 2016 school year, Penczarski will receive a change in compensation, from $112,000 to $116,750, which represents a 2% increase. For the 2017 contract year, Penczarski will receive $119,000 in compensation, and she will continue to receive a 2% raise for the remaining four years of her five year contract. She will also be moving to an HSA medical plan. Penczarski's new contract begins August 1, 2017 and expires July 31, 2022.
 
When asked about the change from a three-year contract to a five-year contract for the two district leaders, board member David Haushalter said: "I think a couple things. First, this shows that these ladies want to be here and they want to work here. Second, it shows that they want to follow through and see that the long-term goals set forth under their tenure is achieved, both in financial and educational terms. I'm very happy to see them accept five-year contracts, and I think it will give us consistency in the district to help us move forward."
 
Penczarski then spoke to clarify some of the terms of the grant to provide health services to students with Health Partners of Western Ohio. The current partnership provides for school-based services across the district, as opposed to previously being at the elementary school only. There is no charge to students or families for these basic services, which include administering over-the-counter pain medication or cough suppressants, bandages, and screenings for lice or other contagious illnesses. Penczarski noted that these school-based services have not changed. The change comes in the addition of a Tier 2 treatment program, which utilizes nurse practitioners as a convenience to students, staff, and their families to fill a potential gap in medical treatment coverage. Kenton City Schools students, staff, and their family members are able to be seen by a nurse practitioner during normal business hours for ailments such as strep throat, which requires a prescription medication to treat. The goal is for those who utilize the clinic to be able to be treated if they are not able to be seen in a timely manner by their regular physician, or to help those without a regular physician be treated. This service is meant to be a convenience, not used in place of a regular doctor, said Penczarski. She particularly noted that any student, even those over the age of 18, will still require parental or guardian consent for any prescription medication to be administered. Anyone with questions about the new program may contact the board office before the next regular meeting on September 19 so that the questions may be answered effectively during the meeting. Penczarski plans to address concerns and questions directly on the 19th.
 
Also during the meeting, the board approved the following personnel items:
 
-Approved the written resignation of Emily Courtney for 5th Grade Team Lead effective immediately
 
-Approved the following Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year:
 
Tim Davis - Elementary Vocal Music at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
David Clifford - JROTC Orienteering 1/2, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $435.00
Eric Croke - JROTC Orienteering 1/2, Step 0, 0 year experience at a rate of $435.00
Eric Croke - Rifle Team, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $2,052.00
Rick Hudgel - High School Top Twenty Assistant, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $1,148.00
Stefany Jacoby - KES 5th grade team lead at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
 
-Approved the following volunteers:
 
Joel Althauser, Ryan Althouse, Vanessa Bell, Young Mi Britton, Deanna Bushong, Katrina Collins, Rick Collins, Judy Donnal, Mel Donnal, Duane Hamilton, Kristin Hamilton, Johnna Horn, Teresa Horton, Randy Humphries, Stephanie Humphries, Amy Kohl, Joyce Roof, Emily Schaub, Brett Schlatter, Brandi Schriber-Lewis, Karin Seiler, Becky Thomas, Mary Dickinson, Chuck Dixon, Jean Huffer, Beth McKinley, Elisabeth Moore, Katelyn Osborn, Deb Rall, Micki Smith, Katherine Temple, Valerie Wedertz
 
-Approved the following substitutes:
 
Chris Horner - Substitute bus driver
Jacob Eikenbary - Substitute bus driver
Bradley Harvey - Substitute bus driver
James Evans - Substitute educational assistant
Angela Rembis - Substitute cafeteria
Tammy Mansfield - Substitute teacher
 
-Approved the written retirement resignation of Cindi Molk, KES 6th grade teacher, effective November 1, 2016. Cindi has been with Kenton City Schools for 28 years. She is requesting severance pay.
*The position of 6th grade math teacher will be posted on the Kenton City Schools website beginning August 30, 2016. The district is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the vacancy immediately.
 
The board also adopted the following authorizations and resolutions:
 
-Approved the revision of Policy 1540 - Suspension of Administrative Contracts
 
-Approved the combined High School choir and band trip to Chicago, IL on March 17-19, 2017
 
-Approved the Top Twenty trip to Hurricane, WV on January 21-22, 2017
 
-Approved the Education First educational trip to Europe July 5-19, 2017
 
-Approved to move the start and end times for KES 7 hour educational assistants to 7:30am-3:00pm
 
-Approved the SWSD shared services agreement with Hardin Northern Local Schools for the 2016-2017 school year
 
-Approved the ED shared services agreement with Hardin Northern Local Schools for the 2016-2017 school year
 
-Approved KHS Musical account: 300-9849
 
-Approved the following transfer: $4,000.00 from KHS Vocal account (300-9487) to KHS Musical account (300-9849)
 
-Approved a motion to create the following position:
 
Bus Driver - 2.5 hour noon route
 
-Approved the SWSD shared services agreement with Riverdale Local Schools for the 2016-2017 school year. 
 
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00pm.

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Ohio Gas Prices Climb Some Moving Toward End of Summer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are a couple of cents higher than a week ago and 15 cents higher than a month ago. 
 
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.19 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up from $2.17 a week ago and $2.04 the same time last month. 
 
The average price in Ohio a year ago was $2.42.
 
The national average price Monday was $2.22, up six cents from a week ago and eight cents the same time last month. The average national price a year ago was $2.49.
 
Pump prices have been driven by crude oil prices surging more than 20 percent in August and refinery issues impacting production in some regions.

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