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GCSD Superintendent Update, Doug Fries, Superintendent
Spring 2015 - Due to six calamity days used this year, there will be one student makeup day on June 1st, 2015. With the close of the 2014-15 school year just a month away, it is time to congratulate another group of outstanding seniors who formally will become graduates on May 30, 2015. Two hundred and sixteen graduates are scheduled to receive their read more.
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Vice President Joe Biden… Upskilling
How many folks do you know who feel like they're stuck in their job? Think about it for a second. They've been working in the same position for a while. They work hard every day, and take pride in what they do. But they feel like they're going nowhere in their jobs and have no options to gain the education and training they need to move up. They want more for themselves and their families. Maybe it's a friend read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Strengthening STEM Education
For more than a decade, growth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs has been three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs. STEM workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and drive Ohio’s innovation. With the STEM job market expected to continue its rapid growth, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Brian Schatz read more.
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We All Play a Role in Agricultural Pollution Abatement, by Janell Weiss and Jared Coppess
Water quality has long been a concern, and recent events in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Buckeye Lake and the Gulf of Mexico have brought that concern to the front of people’s minds. Earlier this month, the Governor signed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) which aims to mitigate harmful algal blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Amid new read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. “If you can’t do the Time, …then don’t do the Crime.” By Joe Facinoli - Police departments everywhere, since the beginning of civilization, have always counted bullies, cowboys, intimidators, tormentors, and wannabe tough guys, …among their ranks. So has all of Society, …since the beginning of time. It’s not right, it’s not fair, and it’s certainly not civil, …but it is what it is. For thousands of years.  And Society has always read more.
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GHS - Career Tech Center, By Jon McGreevey, Director of Business Services & Career Technology, Greenville City Schools - Greenville High School Career-Technical Center is focused on preparing students for college, further skills training, or the workforce.  Greenville Career Tech programs provide students with an opportunity to gain and improve skills in communication, problem solving, citizenship, and leadership skills in a professional environment.  Small class read more.
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Taxes and the Deep Blue See! By Carla Surber, Treasurer, Greenville City School District
It’s the time of year when all of us go to work each day and turn to thoughts of taxes. Deductions from our paychecks, estimated taxes and the amount owed to Uncle Sam are a huge reminder that we live in a system of government services. We either struggle over the online filing with a tax package bought at the local store, or hire someone to do the deed for us. The current system began in 1913 read more.
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The Death of Divided Government, By Kate Burch
When Iranian President Hasan Rouhani accused the U.S. Congress of meddling in the negotiations over his country’s nuclear program, he was simply reiterating the attitude of the U.S. President.  Rouhani said that the only parties with any right to be heard are the seven nations involved in the talks.  Now, some may say that his speech on Iranian state television shows only that he does not understand read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Helping Ohio Families Afford College
During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln would meet regularly in the White House with ordinary Americans, even during the darkest days of the war. He called these meetings his “public opinion baths.” College costs are sky-high and climbing. Right now, many families across Ohio are waiting on their financial aid packages. For many students and their read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… The importance of being boring, By Aprill Brandon
It doesn’t happen all at once. I suppose that’s why it happens to so many people. It just tends to sneak up on you. And by the time you realize what’s happening, it’s already too late. Suddenly, you’re boring. I should know. I have completely morphed into the most boring person alive (even including that guy I met seven years ago who started every sentence with “Well, actually,” and thought read more.
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McLean, Sheridan and the Arlington National Cemetery, By Susan Olling
An important anniversary occurred earlier this month: General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia in 1865.  I’ve given some thought about the characters and locations in the four-year catastrophe that was the American Civil War.  Lincoln, Grant, Sherman and Lee are among the most remembered people from that war.  Gettysburg read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Hillary, “The Jackal”, …Feeds on the Slowest, and Lowest of Prey, By Joe Facinoli - She was fired in 1974, by the Chief Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, for lying, concealing evidence and precedent, and conspiring to deny legal rights to the President of the United States, during the Nixon Impeachment Hearings.  But Hillary Rodham didn’t care, …it was a means to an end.    Her prey was in sight, and all manner read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… A BWC Budget That Saves Ohioans Dollars
As we continue to move forward with the budget process here in the Ohio House, I wanted to highlight two of our budget bills that I am particularly proud of. House Bills 51 and 52, which are the budget bills for the Ohio Industrial Commission and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, respectively, include decreases that will save taxpayer dollars while still providing read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… I’m Here to Help
During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln would meet regularly in the White House with ordinary Americans, even during the darkest days of the war. He called these meetings his “public opinion baths.” That’s why I travel to each of Ohio’s 88 counties and meet with people from different backgrounds, and why I believe it’s so important to hear from you read more.
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Religious Intolerance, By Kate Burch
The uproar following passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by the Indiana legislature and its signing by Republican Governor Mike Pence may be making you shake your head.  Wasn’t the United States of America founded on principles of liberty and God-given human rights?  Doesn’t this law, which is simply the state version of the federal law signed by Bill Clinton in 1993, simply afford read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… 9 tips for successfully baby-proofing your home, By Aprill Brandon
1. Don’t have a baby. Just like abstinence is the only 100 percent effective way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, not having a baby is the only way to 100 percent effectively baby proof your home. Because no matter what you do, they will figure out a way around it eventually. And if they can’t, they will find a new, even more creative way to kill themselves while simultaneously read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Ohio Means Jobs for Everyone
No matter whether you are a student, a veteran, or simply looking for new career ideas, Ohio has a great resource to help everyone with their next move. Ohio’s employment and resource website, OhioMeansJobs.com, is a one-stop shop to connect Ohioans with resources, tools and employers. This website is available to any Ohioan, for free, to upload resumes, create a profile, or simply search for jobs in the area read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. America Needs Rand Paul….  (Uh, …do we see a pattern here??), By Joe Facinoli - It’s the rare moment when I agree with anything that former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley might utter (read:   Never), but this time, …he got one right. Last week, on one of the endless national talking heads TV shows, the erstwhile “tax and spend” King of all governors (maybe ever), said that the U.S. Presidency read more.
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It Was a Pretty Bad Week, By Kate Burch
Sometimes it’s hard not to be dispirited.  First there was the spectacle of the new fascisti persecuting and financially ruining small business owners in Indiana in their campaign to force mainstream acquiescence to the homosexual activist agenda.  How is it that a small, vicious special interest group, purportedly representing 1-3% of the population, (though read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… The House Budget is Taking Shape
Now that April has come, we are starting to get a good look at what Ohioans can expect from the House budget. We have passed several pieces so far, including the Transportation and Public Safety, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Industrial Commission budgets. At the end of the month, we will be voting the full budget out of the House and sending it to the Senate for further evaluation. The governor’s read more.
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