UPDATE: Lake HS classes to be housed at OwensWritten by Mary Petrides | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The main concern in the search for a temporary location for Lake High School was keeping everyone together. And next year, students will be together.
Details and logistics haven’t been worked out yet for the move to Owens Community College Center for Development and Training Building on Tracy Road in Northwood, but officials said they are confident they will be.
The Owens building is roughly half the square footage of Lake High School. It’s also not designed as a high school, lacking ordinary lockers and cafeteria.
“We’ll make it work,” said Superintendant Jim Witt. “Somehow, someway, we’ll make all facets of it work.”
High school officials looked at other area buildings, but the Owens building best suited the high school’s needs. One particular advantage is the amount of office space in the Owens building.
The Owens building has 34 offices, said Brad Meyer, director of public and media relations for Owens.
Witt said the high school’s expectations for its academic, arts and athletics programs are only rising.
“This storm is not going to be used as an excuse to slack off,” he said.
Classes that would ordinarily take places at the Owens building will be moved to buildings on Owens’s main campus on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
Witt said he hopes to have football games at Lake High School’s football field, but a final decision has not been made.
Lake will be located at Owens for at least one year. Witt said they hope to be out of the building as soon as possible.
“Our No. 1 goal, our overriding goal was to find a place for our students to be together for 180 days, and that makes [Owens] perfect,” Witt said.
Ohio approves $673K in aid to tornado-hit areas
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Ted Strickland says $673,873 in state aid to headed to three Northwest Ohio counties hit hard by a tornado.
The state Controlling Board approved the disaster relief Monday for Wood, Fulton and Ottawa counties.
A line of severe storms ripped through the area June 5-6. The worst damage was southeast of Toledo where five people were killed and about 100 homes were destroyed or severely damaged by a tornado that cut an 8-mile path through small towns and farm fields.
A man injured in the storm died at a hospital Sunday, raising the death toll to six.
Strickland has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration to allow the area to receive additional federal assistance and resources.