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The Suburbanite
  • City, schools collaborate to highlight successes

  • At an early morning meeting held at the Central Administrative Building's (CAB) Council Chambers Sept. 18, Mayor Richard Norton and Green Local Superintendent Jeff Miller highlighted various programs and projects involving the city and schools.

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  • At an early morning meeting held at the Central Administrative Building's (CAB) Council Chambers Sept. 18, Mayor Richard Norton and Green Local Superintendent Jeff Miller addressed local business leaders. The two-part presentation was part of the Charting the Course series hosted by the city. It allowed Norton to highlight various programs and projects in the works in the city introduced Miller and assistant superintendent Kevin Finefrock to the community.
    GREEN INITIATIVES
    Norton discussed activities and projects underway currently underway in the city. These included road construction, commercial development, and collaboration efforts with various agencies.
    One big area of concern has been the ongoing road construction projects throughout the city. Norton pointed out that approximately 30 miles of lanes are under construction and the city has invested $18.3 million in these projects. He pointed out that the city is getting matching funds from both the state and federal governments.
    "Each day we have 95,000 cars pass through Green," Norton said. "This amounts to 35 million cars a year so we need to make sure our infrastructure is upgraded.”
    One aspect of the road program he emphasized was the Pavement Management Program. This targets the various roads through scientific date to insure that roads in need of repair and extend the life of roadways.
    Norton also noted the city’s storm water control efforts. He pointed to a collaborative project with the schools that alleviated flooding concerns while creating a natural wetlands area that offers learning opportunities for students.
    Norton stressed the collaborative efforts between various agencies within the community and the county and ended this portion of his presentation by touching on efforts between the city and schools.
    "Cities should have a relationship with the schools," Norton said. "We have a common client. Sharing this (Central Administration Building) is a good example of such collaboration.”
    GREEN SCHOOLS
    Miller and Finefrock provided a glimpse into the school district’s strategic plan.
    "We stress what we call the ‘AAA,’” Miller said. "This stands for ‘academics, arts, and athletics.’ While academics are the most important, the other two are also very important in the overall scheme of things."
    Miller and Finefrock emphasized the collaboration between the city and the schools and noted some of the schools’ recent education achievements such as ranking among the Top 10 percent of schools nationwide.
    They were joined by Lieutenant Doug Smith of the Sheriff's Department to discuss the "Safe Schools Initiative" to improve school safety. Smith discussed training and security in the district, which will eventually include more staff training, active shooter training, and providing parents with information on how to recognize potential problems in their students.
    Additional information on what was discussed  is available at www.cityofgreen.org or www.greenlocalschools.org.