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School board Aug. 16 agenda available to Icon viewers

Bluffton school board meets on Tuesday, Aug. 16, just as the 2011-12 school year is nearly launched.

The agenda includes transportation routing plans, several supplemental contract decisions, substitute teacher decision and the approval of one student who will be issued a diploma due to satisfactory completion of all graduation requirements.

To view a copy of the Aug. 16 agenda, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Water lines, sewer lines, annexation, golf carts, ash trees among Monday's council discussions

Bluffton council covered lots of ground in Monday's brief 35-minute council session. Water lines, sewer lines, annexation, golf carts and ash trees were among topics discussed.

Water lines

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, reported that he met with Choice One Engineering on Aug. 4. The meeting reviewed the preliminary layout plans for the Grove, Lawn and Jackson Street waterline replacement project.


Apollo parent-student orientation Aug. 25

In preparation for the 2011-12 school year, parents and students are encouraged to attend Apollo Career Center's Parent-Student Orientation, Thursday, Aug. 25, between 1-4 p.m. or 5:30-8 p.m.

Parents and students may visit labs, meet with teachers, pay for fees, books and tools, and tour the building.

Apollo will have staggered start dates again this year. First day of school for juniors is Monday, Aug. 29, and first day for seniors is Tuesday, Aug. 30. For more information call 419.998.2908.

The 2011-12 Apollo calendar is an attachment to this story.


Goodbye: ""; Hello:"

It will be easier to contact Bluffton school personnel via e-mail this year. The school switched from the difficult to type and remember "" to ""

Mardy Herr, technical director of the schools, told The Icon that the school switched its domain name this summer.

"The old addresses will forward email from the old system until the end of September 2011. After that the new system will "alias" the old. That means that any emails sent to the old addresses will still show up in the new system," he said.


Water discoloration problems persist on Grove, Lawn, Jackson and Poplar

Discolored water problems on Grove, Lawn and Poplar streets don't seem to go away. J. D. Yoder and Mike Edmiston of Grove Street asked Bluffton council on Monday to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.

Yoder showed samples of water from his faucet from today - the water resembled the color of cider. Edmiston showed particles of rust from his water and shared photos of discolored sinks caused by the rusty water.

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, told council that the discoloration problems on these streets are persisting and even seem to be worsening.


Apollo board meeting July 25; agenda attached

Apollo Career Center's July board meeting is Monday, July 25. The agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.