Tuesday, April 03, 2001

Local Digest

Cincinnati schools upgrade buildings

        Cincinnati Public Schools will spend $33.6 million through 2003 on new boilers, roofs and windows for more than three dozen schools.

        Michael Burson, facilities manager, presented tentative schedules and cost estimates to the Board of Education's facilities committee Monday. The full board already approved moving ahead with the projects.

        • Six buildings will get $1.2 million in 10 new boilers in 2001: Eastern Hills, Fairview Annex, South Avondale, Whittier, Hughes and the Iowa Avenue complex. In 2002 and 2003, 47 boilers will be installed in 26 other buildings at a cost of $7.5 million.

        • Roofing work will begin in 2002 at 20 schools, some of which include several structures. Cost estimates total $4.9 million.

        • Windows will be replaced at 26 schools for $20 million. Hartwell School was the first to get the new windows earlier this year and Sayler Park School's windows are now being replaced.

Mason schools close for staffer's funeral

               MASON - Three Mason City Schools were closed Monday so students and faculty could attend the funeral of guidance counselor Shelley Marshall, who died in her sleep early Friday.

        The schools - Mason High School, Mason Intermediate and Mason Middle School - will resume classes today. Family members said Mrs. Marshall, 29, had no known health problems.

        The Butler County Coroner's Office said Monday it could be eight weeks before the cause of death is known.

Norwood officer under investigation

               NORWOOD - A 22-year Norwood police officer has been suspended with pay while the department conducts an internal investigation, police officials said Monday.

        Lt. Steve Daniels has been suspended since March 12, but police officials Monday declined to release any details.

        Norwood police Lt. Gary Fye, who works in the department's criminal investigations section, said Monday that no other agency is involved in the probe. Lt. Daniels was promoted to lieutenant from sergeant about three months ago, said Norwood Safety Director Cliff Miller.

        Norwood council members Helen Geraci and Ruth Cain said Monday they knew of the suspension, but had no details on the investigation.

Nightingale award to honor six nurses

               Six registered nurses will be honored April 25 with Nightingale awards. Each will receive $1,000 and a bronze bust of Florence Nightingale:

        Judy Duffie, Pediatric Association of Fairfield; Mary Haverbusch, Mayfield Clinic; Gail Jackson, Mercy Franciscan-West Park; Judy Reitenbach, Mercy Hospital Anderson; Barbara Wiley-Kroner, Cincinnati Health Department; and Rebecca Williams, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital.

        Winners were chosen by the board of advisers' selection committee at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.

        Awards will be presented at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown,

UC Day Banquet
to honor alumni

               Two University of Cincinnati alumni will be honored at the 2001 UC Day Banquet 7 p.m. Thursday in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center.

        International businessman and philanthropist Peter Woo will receive the William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement. Heather French Henry, former Miss America and a fashion design graduate, will receive the Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement Award.

        Two other awards - the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and the Alumni Association Faculty Member of the Year Award - will be presented, but the recipients will remain unannounced until that evening.

        Cost: $65. For tickets, call UC Alumni Affairs, (513) 556-4344.

Report finds misuse of commission funds

               COLUMBUS — The former executive director of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission misused state phones and received improper reimbursements for travel, the state Inspector General's office found in a report released Monday.

        Melanie J. Mitchell, who had led the commission since August 1998, resigned in January. She had been placed on paid administrative leave amid investigations by the commission and Inspector General Thomas Charles into alleged spending irregularities.

        Mackenzie Milo, the deputy director and chief of human resources in the commission's fiscal office, also was placed on leave and was fired in February after he failed to resign as he had said he would.

        The commission has remained tight-lipped throughout Mr. Charles' investigation, declining to say specifically why the two were put on leave.

        Mr. Charles said his agency had “reasonable cause to believe that Ms. Mitchell committed wrongful acts or omissions.”

        His report said Ms. Mitchell billed the state for numerous personal telephone calls during various conferences, rented a hotel suite with a whirlpool bath that cost double the price of lodging for other conference attendees and on one occasion, billed the state for five nights of lodging but stayed only four nights.

Piketon plant layoffs announced

               BETHESDA, Md. — Confirming numbers long expected, U.S. Enrichment Corp. said Monday it expects to lay off 526 workers June 1.

        Production workers at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio, will comprise 296 of the layoffs; the rest will be salaried employees, the company said.

        The company is ending production at Piketon and consolidating its operations in Paducah, Ky.

        The layoff figures are in line with the numbers predicted when the federal government arranged to pay to put the Ohio plant in a cold standby status, making it possible to reopen the production line at some point. The cold standby plan meant continued employment for about 1,200 workers.


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