Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Eastside Messenger

Reynoldsburg changing the face of its schools

Reynoldsburg City Schools is preparing an adjustment to how high school is being taught for the 21st century. The district is planning to utilize both high school facilities to create what’s called interest-based academies, meaning the schools will function as small learning communities in a larger setting. "If you can break it down and ...

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Pickerington to conduct study on sanitary sewers

Pickerington council approved an ordinance that would permit City Engineer Greg Bachman to enter into a contract with engineering firm Floyd Browne Group to conduct a study on sanitary sewers throughout the city. The study, which will begin in the near future, will take approximately six months to conduct, he said at the March 16 council meeting. ...

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Pickerington Schools to purchase land

The Pickerington Local School board voted Monday evening to purchase 60 acres of real estate adjacent to the Pickerington High School Central facility. The district is following its 10-year facilities master plan to expand the high schools and other facilities. The land will cost the district about $1.5 million. Board member Lori Sanders said the f...

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Resident raising funds for World War II memorial

Like many, Pickerington resident David Williard honors and respects veterans and their service. This Memorial Day, however, Williard is showing his respect by dedicating a monument to servicemen and women. Williard’s father, who was a World War II veteran, died last February. After his passing, Williard attended a Memorial Day ceremony at Vio...

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Reynoldsburg implements changes to future apartment development

Residents may notice some changes to future apartment developments in Reynoldsburg. Reynoldsburg Council members approved zoning changes March 8 that would "reduce density and create more green space" in future developments, Development Director Lucas Haire said. In addition, developments will be required to use better building materials ...

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Brice-Livingston plans move forward

Six months after unveiling a finalized strategic plan for the Brice and Livingston area, the area task force continues to chip away at its agenda.   The Brice and Livingston Task force is comprised of elected and appointed city officials at the direction of Mayor Brad McCloud.   The seven objectives outlined in the plan are to maintain an...

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Diley Road may see speed limit increased

Pickerington Council has taken the first step to increase the speed limit on Diley Road increased. At the March 2 meeting, council members approved in its first reading increasing the limit from 35 miles per hour to 45. City Engineer Greg Bachman conducted a speed study on the newly expanded five-lane highway in February of this year. Several crite...

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Reynoldsburg takes measures to keep fireworks company

Mayor Brad McCloud has requested that the finance committee waive competitive bidding for the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display and solely use Pyrotecnico going forward. At the March 1 council committee meetings, McCloud cited safety as the reason for the request. Referring to Pyrotecnico as "highly professional and very safe,...

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A helping paw: Canine program helps youth

Messenger photo by Anne Holmes Pickerington High School Central junior Alex Woodall gets help picking up his keys from recent Canine Companion for Independence graduate Carlos. Pickerington High School Central junior Alex Woodall is an intelligent, lively student who spends his days in a motorized wheelchair with a hand control.   Due to Cereb...

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Committee examines city, school district sharing resources

Reynoldsburg City Council has convened a new ad-hoc committee to examine the possibility of shared resources between the city and the schools.   Councilwoman Leslie Kelly is the committee’s chair and has set forth an agenda that will explore "best practices" in this area.   The committee plans to look at how the city and s...

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