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OHS school board approves teacher’s contract

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2009

A tentative three-year teacher’s contract has been approved by the Ottawa High School Board of Education.

The board voted on the deal during a special meeting Wednesday morning.  Teachers voted on the agreement late Sunday night, ending a teacher’s strike that started September 30.

Under the contract, teachers will receive 1% pay raise in year one, a 1.3%raise in year two, and a 1.6% raise in year three.

Teachers will contribute 10% of the annual cost of family health insurance.  For single coverage, they’ll pay $30 a month during the first year, with the monthly rate increasing by $10 the following years.

Strike days will be made-up so that the students would not miss out on classroom-time.  To make up for lost time, classes will meet on Veterans’ Day, Martin Luther Kings’ Birthday, Pulaski Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, December 21, 22, March 29, 30, 31, and April 1 and 5.  Five days will also be tacked onto the end of the school year.

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Three file papers in Bureau County Sheriff’s race

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2009

A contest is shaping up in the race for Bureau County Sheriff.  Incumbent John Thompson, a Democrat, doesn’t have any competition in the February primary, but he’s sure to face one of the two Republicans who’ve turned in papers.

          Former sheriff, William Rosenow and Joseph Bertetto, a county board member, have entered the race.

          It’s the only seat that’s being challenged so far. 

          Bureau County Treasurer Nina Urbanowski and County Clerk Kami Hieronymus, both Republicans, are running for re-election.

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La Salle County Health Department plans swine flu clinic

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2009

After receiving more swine flu vaccine, the La Salle County Health Department has scheduled a clinic.

          The clinic is Monday, November 2nd from 3pm- 7pm  at the public health building on Etna Road in Ottawa.  The vaccine will only be given to people who are considered in high-risk priority groups.  People at high-risk include: pregnant women; anyone between 6 months up to 24 years old; people younger than 64 years old with chronic medical conditions; health care workers and anyone caring for babies younger than 6 months.

          The health department is offering a shot or nasal spray vaccine.  The vaccine is free.

          Health department officials say once they receive more vaccine, people not considered high-risk can get a shot or the spray.  But so far they only have 2,000 of the 61,000 doses they’ve asked for.

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