Ohio University Continues Funding “Kids On Campus” Program

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(Athens) – OHIO’s Kids on Campus program will continue to offer its services to school districts across Southeast Ohio for the foreseeable future thanks to Nina M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grants administered by the Ohio Department of Education.

This federally funded grant program supports high-quality, out-of-school learning opportunities and related activities for students who attend eligible schools.

“We are very grateful to have worked with our local schools to write competitive grant applications for after-school programming. We are very pleased to announce that this effort resulted in one new award and seven continuing awards from the Ohio Department of Education,” said Jo Ellen Sherow, program manager of Kids on Campus. “These grants will serve children in five local school districts (Alexander Local, Athens City, Belpre City, Federal Hocking Local, and Southern Local Perry County) in the coming years. We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Belpre City Schools in Washington County. We will be able to offer our program to 7th through 12th grade students in this district. This marks the first time in our 25-year history that Kids on Campus will operate in Washington County.”

Kids on Campus is based in Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions and is a rural community-university partnership serving the underserved in Southeast Ohio, including at-risk children. Programming for Kids on Campus is completely funded by donations and grants. Through the new and continuing grants, Kids on Campus will receive $1.5 million this year alone.

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All grants are each worth $850,000 over a five-year period. The following programs benefit from the fund:

  • Alexander Junior High and Alexander High School (applied for in partnership with Alexander Local Schools) — Will serve approximately 70 students in grades 6-12 during after-school and summer programs.
  • The Plains Intermediate School (applied for in partnership with Athens City Schools) — Will serve approximately 70 fourth and fifth grade students during after-school and summer programs.
  • Belpre High School (applied for in partnership with Belpre City Schools) – Will serve approximately 60 students in grades 7-12 during after-school and summer programs.
  • Amesville and Coolville Elementary Schools (applied for in partnership with Federal Hocking Local Schools) — Will serve approximately 100 students in grades K-6 before school, after-school and summer programs.
  • Federal Hocking Secondary School (applied for in partnership with Federal Hocking Local Schools) — Will serve approximately 50 students in grades 7-12 during after-school and summer programs.
  • Millcreek Elementary School (applied for in partnership with Southern Local Schools) — Will serve approximately 80 students in grades K-6 during before school, after-school and summer programs.
  • Miller High School (applied for in partnership with Southern Local Schools) – Will serve approximately 80 students in grades 7 – 12 during after-school and summer programs.
  • Nelsonville-York Elementary School (applied for in partnership with Nelsonville-York City Schools) – Will serve approximately 75 students in grades K – 5 during before, after-school and summer programs.

Kids on Campus employs approximately 200 people each year from Ohio University and its surrounding communities, including high school and college students, teachers, bus drivers and community members. Kids on Campus also partners with more than 100 area agencies and university departments.

ODOT Public Info Meetings Planned For State Route 41 and 72 Projects

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As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation—District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input for projects in Ross and Highland counties.

In Ross County, ODOT is proposing a landslide remediation project on State Route 41 at the 5.50 mile mark. The project includes the construction of a drilled shaft retaining wall, pavement repair and installation of guardrail. The project is located in a residential area of Paxton Township.

No rivers, streams, wetlands or other water bodies will be impacted by the project. The project will not require new right-of-way. No homes or businesses will be removed by the project.

The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project, with a detour being State Route 41 to U.S. 50 to State Route 28 to State Route 41. The state detour is approximately 32 miles. The local detour will be S.R. 41 to U.S. 50 to Rapid Forge Road to Paugh Road to SR 41. The local detour is approximately 9.5 miles.

The funding for the project is 80% Federal and 20% State. The environmental commitment date is 10/4/2021. The project is currently expected to be awarded 1/24/2022.

In Highland County, it is proposed to replace the structure on State Route 72 at the 5.85 mile mark. The project is located in a rural area of Fairfield Township with the existing structure being a three span continuous reinforced concrete slab with capped pile piers and abutments. The structure was built in 1956. The new structure will be a single span composite prestressed concrete I beam with integral abutments on piles.

The project will not require new right-of-way, no homes or businesses will be removed by the project. The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project. The state detour will be S.R. 72 to S.R. 28 to S.R. 73 to S.R. 729 to S.R. 72. The state detour is approximately 22.3 miles. The local detour will be S.R. 72 to S.R. 28 to C.R. 82 (Larrick Rd.) to C.R. 152 (Stowe Rd.) to S.R. 72. The local detour is approximately 5.6 miles.

The funding for the project is 80% Federal and 20% Local. The environmental commitment date is 2/1/2022. The project is currently expected to be awarded 1/1/2023.

Written comments should be submitted by October 21, 2021, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 E-Mail: greg.manson@dot.ohio.gov